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


Dimensions
61.0 x 49.2 x min. 0.8 cm
maximum depth
0.8 cm
Physical Description
Oil on oak
Inventory Number
1153
Acquisition
Acquired in 1885
Status
On display

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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.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Slaughtered Pig in a Barn
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on oak
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten links: Av. Ostade. 1643 (Av ligiert)

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1885

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 41C691 slaughtered ox or pig
  • 41AA171 barn - AA - civic architecture: inside
  • 46A14 farmers
  • 42B74 family group, especially parents with their child(ren)
Secondary

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03.09.2019