Still Life with Vegetables and Fruit before a Garden Balustrade, Cornelis de Heem
Cornelis de Heem
Still Life with Vegetables and Fruit before a Garden Balustrade
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Cornelis de Heem

Still Life with Vegetables and Fruit before a Garden Balustrade, 1658

69.8 x 87.1 cm
Physical Description
Oil on copper
Inventory Number
Acquired in 1818
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters


About the Work

As if by chance, freshly gathered fruit and vegetables lie at the edge of a Baroque stairway leading to extensive parkland. In their midst is a valuable blue-and-white Chinese porcelain pitcher. Extravagant wealth was an important element of the European aristocracy’s ideal of life. Here, it is expressed in the type of painting known as ‘sottobosco’ (forest still life) also very popular among middle-class collectors of the seventeenth century. Like his father, Jan Davidsz., before him, Cornelis de Heem was one of the leading still-life painters of his day.


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Work Data

Basic Information

Still Life with Vegetables and Fruit before a Garden Balustrade
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on copper
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert an der Schnittfläche der Steinplatte: C. DE. HEEM. f. 1658

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquired in 1818

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions


  • 41C65 vegetables and fruit; still life of vegetables and fruit

Research and Discussion


Object History
Kunsthändler Samuel Gottlieb Liesching (1786-1864), Stuttgart
verkauft, fl 440, an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 24. März 1818.


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