Eye Candy for Today: Willem Claesz Heda’s Banquet Piece with Mince Pie

Banquet Piece with Mince Pie,
Banquet Piece with Mince Pie, Willem Claesz Heda

Oil on canvas, roughly 56 x 58 inches (143 x 147 cm).

In the National Gallery of Art, DC, which has both a zoomable and downloadable version. The largest downloadable version (which requires a free sign-in account) is 4000 pixels wide and 20 MB in file size.

There is also a zoomable file on Google Art Project, and a downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons. The largest version of the latter is even larger, at 10,000 pixels wide and 43 MB in file size.

Grand paintings of luxurious meals served in expensive dinnerware — or the aftermath of such meals — were popular with the wealthy merchant class in the Netherlands in the 17th century. Willem Claesz (Claeszoon) Heda was one of the supreme masters of the form.

It’s interesting to compare his paintings in this genre to his similarly masterful contemporary Pieter Claesz.

 
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