Pronk Still Life with Holbein Bowl, Nautilus Cup, Glass Goblet and Fruit Dish, Willem Kalf
Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project, downloadable high-res file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Statens Museum for Kunst, National Gallery of Denmark, which also has a high-res downloadable file.
“Pronk” still life means “splendid”, or fancy, and 17th century master Willem Kalf has arranged this one with an array of rare and highly expensive objects, including the “Holbein Bowl” owned by Henry VII.
There is a point at which it’s obvious that an artist is just plain showing off, but when you can paint like this, who can blame you?
Link: Pronk Still Life with Holbein Bowl, Nautilus Cup, Glass Goblet and Fruit Dish, Google Art Project
2 Replies to “Pronk Still Life with Holbein Bowl, Nautilus Cup, Glass Goblet and Fruit Dish”
Yeppers, if I could do something like this, I don’t believe I would be able to resist showing off a bit, either! :)
A pronk still life painting belongs in a rural pronkkamer, the best room of the house, away from the stables, where the family gather on special occasions and on sundays after church.
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