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Still Life with Lemons, Oranges, and a Pomegranate

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Still Life with Lemons, Oranges, and a Pomegranate


Jacob van Hulsdonck (Flemish, 1582 - 1647)




about 1620–1640


Oil on panel

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41.9 × 49.5 cm (16 1/2 × 19 1/2 in.)

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Object Description

Jacob van Hulsdonck, the master of a prosperous studio specializing in still life painting, meticulously rendered every surface and texture of fruit, porcelain, and wooden tabletop in this painting. He was careful to paint the still life from a high vantage point so that most of the table and the bowl's contents could be seen. Lemons, oranges, and a pomegranate, some split open to expose their succulent insides, rest in a Chinese blue-and-white porcelain bowl, dating from the Wan-Li period of the Ming dynasty.

The still life attests to the fragile and fleeting properties of the natural world. The dimpled skin of the lemons and oranges; the juicy, glistening insides of the pomegranate held gently together by the thin white tissue of the pulp; the leaves and blooms still attached to fruit; and the shiny droplets of water in the foreground are all brilliant, short-lived effects captured on panel.

- 1942

Private Collection [sold, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, December 16, 1942, lot 54.]

- 1985

Private Collection (New York, New York), sold to Didier Aaron, Inc. (New York), 1985.

1985 - 1986

Didier Aaron, Inc. (New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986.

Art and Science: Joris Hoefnagel and the Representation of Nature in the Renaissance (November 3, 1992 to January 17, 1993)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), November 3, 1992 to January 17, 1993

Hôtel Drouot, Paris. Tableaux Anciens. December 16, 1942, unpaginated, lot 54, ill.

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Walsh-Piper, Kathleen. Image to Word: Art and Creative Writing (Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2002), p. 13, fig. 2.2.

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Sargent, William R. "Five Hundred Years of Chinese Export Ceramics in Context." In Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics from the Peabody Essex Museum, exh. cat. William R. Sargent and Rose Kerr, eds. (Salem: Peabody Essex Museum, with Yale University Press, 2012), pp. 11-12, fig. 9.