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Still Life with Oysters, a Silver Tazza, and Glassware  1635

by Willem Claesz Heda

A table laid with oysters, a lemon, and beer invites the viewer to associate visual and culinary pleasure. But a closer look reveals broken glass and a cone of paper (intended to hold spices) torn from an almanac, both reminders of our swiftly passing days. Heda made a name for himself as an artist by achieving a variety of pictorial effects, such as the illusion of polish...
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art