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Still Life with Game Fowl  1603

by Juan Sánchez Cotán

This work, the earliest European still life in the Art Institute’s collection, was painted by a leading Spanish practitioner of this new genre. It employs Juan Sánchez Cotán’s signature format: commonplace edibles placed in a shallow, niche-like embrasure with an impenetrable, dark background evoking the larders in Spanish homes used to keep food fresh. Some of the artist’...
67.8 × 88.7 cm (26 11/16 × 34 15/16 in. )
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago