Still Life with Apples, Grapes, Melons, Bread, Jug and Bottle

Room 35
Artists / Makers / Authorities: 
Luis Egidio Meléndez
Naples, 1716 – Madrid, 1780
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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.



Circa 1771

52.5 x 75 cm

Long-term loan from the Gil Collection, 1922; purchased 1944

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Oil on canvas
Century: 18th
Subject: Still life