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Oil Painting - Preparations for a Feast

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1925P344
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1550 - 1575

Maker Information

Artist:Pieter Aertsen - View biography for Pieter Aertsen


Aertsen worked in Antwerp from 1535 to c.1555 and is best known for his large-scale paintings of kitchens or butcher shops which sometimes, as here, have a biblical connection. The table in the background simply laid with bread and wine alludes to the Last Supper. The luxurious display of food in the foreground is contrasted with the simplicity of the apostle's meal as transient, worldly pleasures are contrasted with eternal and spiritual values.

Presented by J A Kenrick, 1925.

Further Information

Production Period:16th century
School/Style:Old Master
Medium:Oil on canvas.
Material(s):Oil paint


Height:950 mm
Width:1705 mm