Marcos Correa Spanish
Not on view
Correa was a pioneer of trompe l’oeil easel painting in Spain. This panel, which is one of a pair, is typically self-reflexive in depicting the artist’s paint-daubed palette, bottle of oil, and maulstick (used to support the hand holding the paintbrush). The battered prints Correa copied have been identified: a 1611 engraving of a farmyard with peacocks, based on a drawing by the Dutch painter Abraham Bloemaert, is nailed above an etching depicting a beggar, made about 1622 by the French artist Jacques Callot. The skull of a dog is both a studio prop and a reminder of mortality.