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(Dutch, ‘ornate still life’)

A category of 17th-century still-life painting distinguished by its large and complex compositions and elaborate colouring. The type originated in the 1640s in Antwerp where artists such as Frans Snyders and Adriaen van Utrecht produced still lifes which gave an impression of overwhelming abundance in their diversity of objects, fruits, flowers, and dead game, often accompanied by living human and animal figures. It was rapidly taken up in Holland where its leading practitioners included Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Abraham van Beyeren, and Willem Kalf. See breakfast piece.


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