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image of Still Life with Sweets and Pottery Juan van der Hamen y León (artist)
Spanish, 1596 - 1631
Still Life with Sweets and Pottery, 1627
oil on canvas
overall: 84.5 x 112.7 cm (33 1/4 x 44 3/8 in.) framed: 106 x 136.2 x 7.6 cm (41 3/4 x 53 5/8 x 3 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
1961.9.75
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From the Tour: Spanish Painting in the Seventeenth Century
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Conservation Notes

The support is a medium-fine weight, plain-weave fabric which has been lined to a plain-weave, double-threaded support. A thin red ground is applied overall, over which the paint is applied in thin, opaque rich-paste layers. Although the paint is worked in a wet-in-wet technique to create smooth tonal transitions, the artist uses low striated brush strokes, giving the surface a delicately textured unity. The painting is moderately abraded overall, particularly in the dark background, and the impasto is flattened. Minute spots of retouch, applied over the abrasion in the background, have become discolored and light. The painting was relined, cleaned, and treated in 1955.

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