Still Life with Bread and Sweetmeats, Georg Flegel
Georg Flegel
Still Life with Bread and Sweetmeats
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Georg Flegel

Still Life with Bread and Sweetmeats, ca. 1637


Dimensions
21.9 x 17.1 x min. 0.2 cm
Physical Description
Oil on beech
Inventory Number
2055
Acquisition
Acquired in 1955
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

This arrangement by the Frankfurt still-life painter Georg Flegel shows which items the prosperous citizens of the trade fair and trading metropolis on the Main were particularly fond of. Sugar, an expensive imported commodity from Madeira, which reached the Frankfurt Fair via Antwerp or Venice, was in great demand. Fruits refined with rock sugar can be seen here in all sorts of crystalline forms. The butterfly, the wasp and the beetle at bottom right remind the viewer of the transient nature of these delicacies.

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Basic Information

Title
Still Life with Bread and Sweetmeats
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on beech
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

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Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1955

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Main Motif
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Iconclass

Primary
  • 41C38 laid table as still life
  • 41C6 foodstuffs; still life of foodstuffs
  • 41C621 bread, loaf
  • 41C637 sugar-coated
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02.12.2019