European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Still Life with Terms and a Bust of CeresMade in Southern Netherlands (modern Belgium), Europe
Frans Snyders, Flemish (active Antwerp), 1579 - 1657
Oil on canvas
W1899-1-4Purchased with the W. P. Wilstach Fund, 1899
LabelThis elaborate still life is dominated by a wreath of fruit, vegetables, and grains that frames a bust of Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, fertility, and summer. The wreath is suspended from flanking male and female satyrlike terms (statues of Terminus, the god of boundaries). Among the many creatures Snyders includes in the picture are a crested woodpecker, monkey, and squirrel. This painting may have been designed as a screen to cover a fireplace during the summer months.
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