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Still Life with Books and a Globe

Jan van der Heyden, Dutch (active Amsterdam), 1637 - 1712

Made in Southern Netherlands (modern Belgium), Europe

c. 1665-1670

Oil on panel

8 15/16 x 10 5/8 inches (22.7 x 27 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
Cat. 597

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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Rather than illustrating a scene from the Bible, Van der Heyden painted the actual book, opened to the Song of Solomon. The globe and other, unidentified volumes indicate that this is a scholar’s desk. Van der Heyden himself owned an impressive library comprising 184 volumes, an exceptional number for a painter in the seventeenth century.