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Still life with glasses and fruit

Still life with glasses and fruit
(1663)

Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
53.0 × 43.7 cm
Accession Number
1251-3
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1922
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Gallery location
17th Century & Flemish Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
In Dutch Baroque still life painting, the presence of fruit, particularly citrus fruit, contained multiple layers of meaning. Such exotic fruits, often rare in colder climates, reflected wealth and status. The presence of an orange in a painting may also have reflected the patron’s support of the politically powerful House of Orange-Nassau. This took on particular significance in the 1660s when only two of the seven provinces of Holland were under the rule of the House of Orange. Painting fruit also allowed the artists to display their technical mastery by capturing the various textures of peeled and whole oranges and lemons, as Willem Kalf has achieved here.