Still Life: A Banqueting Scene

Artist: Jan Davidsz de Heem (Dutch, Utrecht 1606–1683/84 Antwerp)

Date: probably ca. 1640–41

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 53 1/4 x 73 in. (135.3 x 185.4 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Charles B. Curtis Fund, 1912

Accession Number: 12.195


The attribution of this large and luxurious still life has gone back and forth between Jan de Heem and his followers, but the painting was most likely painted by De Heem himself about 1640–41 in Antwerp, where he moved from Leiden in the mid-1630s. The scale, palatial setting, and oversized motifs are consistent with Flemish taste. The provincial clock intrudes with its unwelcome message (life is fleeting), like a country preacher sitting down to dinner at Versailles.