One Reply to “Eye Candy for Today: Van Walscapelle still life”

  1. His original name was Jacobus Cruydenier (surname signifies greengrocer or pharmacist), but he adopted his maternal great-grandfather’s surname Van Walscapelle (more dignified than Cruydenier). He was probably trained in Dordrecht and the mention of an architectural painting by Van Walscapelle in a 1729 Dordrecht inventory suggests that he did not start out as a still-life painter. Today, however, we know no paintings by him of other subjects than still-lifes. His painted insects include cockroaches. Even though their presence in homes doesn’t imply poor housekeeping I do detest them.

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