Still Life

Willem Kalf, Dutch (active Amsterdam), 1619 - 1693

Made in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe

c. 1663

Oil on canvas

48 x 21 1/2 inches (121.9 x 54.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
Cat. 634

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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This unusually large canvas by Willem Kalf contains his typically restrained arrangement of exquisite tableware, including a huge ornamental metal beaker whose lid is surmounted by a lance-wielding angel. Behind it is a bekerschroef, a decorative mount for a glass that would be passed among people at a feast. The shell in the nautilus-style cup is ridden by the figure of the Roman goddess Fortuna. The faint suggestion of glassware, often through blurred reflection, is one of Kalf's signature techniques.