Still Life with Dead Birds, Johann Heinrich Roos
Johann Heinrich Roos
Still Life with Dead Birds
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Johann Heinrich Roos

Still Life with Dead Birds, 1676


Dimensions
72.5 x 58.4 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1465
Acquisition
Acquired in 1910
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters, room 8

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Dutch and Flemish hunting still lifes also set an example for German painters of the Baroque. Here, Johann Heinrich Roos has staged the dead poultry as overwhelmingly lifelike hunting trophies. As in the case of Jan Weenix’s still life with a dead rabbit and birds, this painting would have reminded contemporary viewers of the aristocratic privilege of the hunt. At the same time, with its meticulous rendering of the lifeless bodies, it also illustrates a fundamental principle of the Baroque outlook on the world – the transience of earthly life.

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14.05.2024