Breakfast Piece  1649

by Pieter Claesz

[i]Circle of Pieter Claesz [br][/i]In the 1600s, ham, bread, and white wine were often eaten at breakfast as well as at lunch. The use of simple pewter indicates that this is an everyday meal. The angle at which we view the composition encourages us to think that the scene is an extension of our own space and that we are seated close by, while the dish balanced precariousl...
15 9/16 x 21 15/16 in. (39.6 x 55.8 cm)
oil on panel
Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum