Still Life with Oysters, a Silver Tazza, and Glassware

Artist: Willem Claesz Heda (Dutch, Haarlem? 1594–1680 Haarlem)

Date: 1635

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: 19 5/8 x 31 3/4 in. (49.8 x 80.6 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: From the Collection of Rita and Frits Markus, Bequest of Rita Markus, 2005

Accession Number: 2005.331.4


With his Haarlem colleague Pieter Claesz, Heda was one of the leading painters of the so-called monochrome banquet piece in the Netherlands. In this panel of 1635 he shows off his virtuoso ability to describe reflections and arrange elliptical shapes.