HONDECOETER, Melchior d'
(b. 1636, Utrecht, d. 1695, Amsterdam)

Peacocks

1683
Oil on canvas, 190 x 135 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Like earlier still-life painters, Hondecoeter turned curiosities of nature into curiosities of art, and into elements of interior decoration. The peafowl, the crane, the monkey, the squirrel, and the swallow are repeated in other compositions by Hondecoeter. In his work as a whole one finds peacocks, peahens, turkeys,ducks and hens studied in various poses and from different angles.




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