Still Life with Apples, Grapes, Melons, Bread, Jug and Bottle
We see a variety of foods set out on a table, from a loaf of bread to a wine bottle in which a window is reflected, by way of fruits of all kinds (apples, grapes, melons tied with twine) and a modest assortment of tableware (a ceramic dish, a napkin, a knife and a jug made in Talavera de la Reina). The painting is a faithful depiction of reality, free of any symbolic intention, very much in keeping with the Enlightenment spirit of the reign of Charles III. A lack of important commissions and the need to make a living led Meléndez to concentrate almost exclusively on this type of painting.
52.5 x 75 cm
Long-term loan from the Gil Collection, 1922; purchased 1944