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Title Still Life with a Basket and Dish of Fruit on a Ledge
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist Attributed to circle of Hamen y León, Juan van der (Spanish painter, 1596-1631)
Previously attributed to Flemish School
Date Earliest possibly about 1611
Date Latest possibly about 1631
Description A basket with grapes, figs and peaches and a plate with pears and quinces are set on a stone ledge in a composition characteristic of Juan van der Hamen y León, a Spanish painter and courtier, of Flemish origin, who worked in Madrid during the first half of the seventeenth century. Although this still life has been attributed to Van der Hamen, it is more likely to be the work of a painter of his circle. Van der Hamen's production is characterised by his taste for elaborate objects and by an increasing complexity in spatial arrangement, features which are absent from this painting.
Current Accession Number B.M.200
Former Accession Number No. 613
Subject still life (fruit)
Measurements 80 x 100.5 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.
Principal Exhibitions Spanish Masters, York Art Gallery, 2005 - 2006.
Publications Young, E., Catalogue of Spanish Paintings, Middlesbrough, 1988, p. 86.
Notes Formerly catalogued as seventeenth-century Flemish school. Eric Young proposed a date in the first half of the seventeenth century.
Rights Owner The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Author Dr Mercedes Cerón



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