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Still Life with Bread, Ham, Cheese, and Vegetables

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The leading still-life painter of Spain during the eighteenth century, Meléndez was born in Naples and spent most of his student years in Rome. However, his still lifes have a sober yet sensuous realism characteristic of Spanish painting of the previous century. On a kitchen table are piled...

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Lower right, on edge of table: L. EG[...]O M.


R.F. Ratcliff, England [see note 1]. Possibly Mrs. Olga Bode Matthiesen [see note 2]. By 1938, Matthiesen, Ltd., London; 1939, sold by Matthiesen to the MFA for $300. (Accession Date: February 9, 1939) NOTES: [1] Eleanor Tufts, "Luis Meléndez: Eighteenth-Century master of the Spanish Still Life with a Catalogue Raisonné (Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 1985), 92, cat. no. 58. [2] According to information provided by the Matthiesen Gallery (December 1, 2005).

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Margaret Curry Wyman Fund

about 1772


61.9 x 85.1 cm (24 3/8 x 33 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas