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, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

Texts

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
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, 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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Last update

22.10.2020