Slaughtered Pig in a Barn, Adriaen van Ostade
Adriaen van Ostade
Slaughtered Pig in a Barn
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Adriaen van Ostade

Slaughtered Pig in a Barn, 1643

61 x 49.2 x min. 0.8 cm
maximum depth
0.8 cm
Physical Description
Oil on oak
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Acquired in 1885
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters, room 7


About the Work

In the clutter of a thatched barn, the gaping body of a pig is the shining highlight. The animal has just been slaughtered, hung up by its hind feet, slit open and disembowelled. Propped open with a stick, the carcass has been left to cool. The farmer’s wife stirs the blood in a vat. Adriaen van Ostade painted the flesh and lumps of fat in the pig’s body in a manner entirely different from the rest of scene – with impasto brushstrokes, making the sight of death an almost tactile experience.

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