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Still Life with Game, Vegetables and Fruit

  • ‘Still Life with Game Fowl, Vegetables and Fruits’ © Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

    ‘Still Life with Game Fowl, Vegetables and Fruits’ © Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado






Cultural background

Spanish School

Original title

Bodegón de caza, hortalizas y frutas
Prado Museum

The exaltation of the simplicity of everyday objects which characterises this work is a feature of the still lifes of Sánchez Cotán, and was one of the first to be painted in all Europe.

The composition is outstanding for its sobriety, intimacy and intensity, all emphasised by the lateral light that produces deep shadows, creating the illusion of realism to be found in the still lifes painted by Cotán. These works became the prototypes for Spanish works in the genre. It is intended for leisurely contemplation and conveys a message of the superiority of humble things over riches.

This work was painted for Juan de Salazar, a miniaturist at El Escorial and the executor of Sánchez Cotán’s will. It subsequently belonged to the Infante Sebastián Gabriel, from whom it was confiscated in 1835. It was then moved to the National Museum of La Trinidad, but was returned to the Infante’s heirs years later, remaining with them until 1991.

Details of the work


68 cm x 88.2 cm




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