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Still Life with Oysters, a Silver Tazza, and Glassware

A table laid with oysters, a lemon, and beer invites the viewer to associate visual and culinary pleasure. But a closer look reveals broken glass and a cone of paper (intended to hold spices) torn from an almanac, both reminders of our swiftly passing days. Heda made a name for himself as an artist by achieving a variety of pictorial effects, such as the illusion of polished silver, glistening oysters, or reflective glass, while working almost exclusively in shades of gray.

Credit: From the Collection of Rita and Frits Markus, Bequest of Rita Markus, 2005...

Oil on wood
49.8 x 80.6cm
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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