Still Life with Dish of Quince
Four natural-sized quinces stand out from a black background, while a focus of light models, from the left, the fruit, that reflects its golden colour in the metal edge of the plate where they are placed. Below on the right, in the foreground, there is a white canvas. The original canvas has been recovered and the radiographic studies suggest that at one time it was cut out from another to turn it into an independent painting. Maybe it was a detail from a religious setting of a domestic interior with the plate of fruit the allusion to the Redemption, something frequent in the production of Zurbarán. There are discrepancies regarding the chronology. The pictorial execution and composition situate the canvas around the year thirty of the 17th century, even though it could also be related to the works from the last period of the artist.
35 x 40.5 cm
Long-term loan from the Gil Collection, 1922; purchased 1946