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Eye Candy for Today: dinner with Pieter Claesz

Still Life with a Turkey Pie, Pieter Claesz
Still Life with a Turkey Pie, Pieter Claesz

In the Rijksmuseum.

Did the centerpiece just look at me?


2 responses to “Eye Candy for Today: dinner with Pieter Claesz”

  1. Tryggvi Edwald Avatar
    Tryggvi Edwald

    Of course a fabulously precise and detailed painting; I wonder if/how the colours have faded over the years -this was painted in 1627, almost 400 years ago.
    The yellow seems to have faded a bit out of the lemon, but maybe less so around the neck of the turkey. Maybe depends on the amount of white mixed in? The grapes seem a bit flat, but that also may be the photography.
    Wonderful work to look at in any case.

  2. For Charley, an old poem:
    The Eagle, proud bird! May he soar round and round
    As he mounts up still higher and higher!
    While the turkey, we trust, will still roost near the ground
    Within reach when occasions require.
    For we’re sure there is none who will care to deny,
    In the name of good cheer and good living,
    That the eagle’s all right for the Fourth of July,
    But the turkey’s the bird for Thanksgiving.
    From: Our National Bird by Nixon Waterman, 1905.

    Sorry, It’s a day overdue.