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Still Life with Parrots

Still Life with Parrots

Artist: Jan Davidsz de Heem (Flemish, 1606 - 1684)

Date: late 1640s
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Framed: 70 1/2 x 57 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (179.1 x 146.1 x 14 cm)
Image: 59 1/4 x 46 1/4 in. (150.5 x 117.5 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of John Ringling, 1936
Object number: SN289
On View: Art Museum Gallery 13
About this ObjectDe Heem is celebrated for luxurious still lifes depicting tables over-laden with ornate glass and silverware, fruit, and crustaceans. Many items here were not indigenous to the Netherlands, including the African gray parrot, the scarlet macaw from Brazil, citrus fruits from southern Europe, and rare shells from the East and West Indies. Glasses of wine and a flagon of beer betoken indulgence, as do the oysters, thought to stimulate sexual appetites. Altogether, these delicacies represent the prosperity and global reach of the Dutch in the seventeenth century.
Provenance
Collection of the Counts of Schönborn, Castle of Pommerfelden, catalogues of 1719 and 1857 (as 'a masterpiece by Jan de Heem'); Pommerfelden sale, Paris, May 17-24, 1867, no. 38; purchased by John Ringling prior to February 17, 1927 in New York; bequest to The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 1936
More Information
Signed:J. D. De Heem. f Location: LOWER RIGHT
Culture:Dutch
Exhibition History:The Age of Rubens, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Sept. 22, 1993-Jan. 2, 1994 and the Toledo Museum of Art, Feb. 2-April 24, 1994. Masterpieces in Southern Museums, Norfolk, Virginia, Museum of Arts and Sciences, November 1969 The Age of the Marvelous, Hood Museum of Art, Sept.21-Nov.24 1991, North Carolina Museum of Art, Jan, 25-Mar.22, 1992, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, May 24-August 25 1992, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Oct. 6, 1992-Jan. 3, 1993 Fetes de la palette : an exhibition of European paintings and decorative arts from the mid-sixteenth through the mid-eighteenth century, dedicated to the "Delights of the Bountiful Table" Exhibition: Thanksgiving 1962 through Twelfth Night 1962 Baroque paintings from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art [exhibition], National Gallery of Art, Washington. Exhibition held Apr. 6-Sept. 29, 1986.
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