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Still life painting showing a skull, urn, coins and book

An extremely popular format in 16th and 17th century Europe

Willem van Mieris (Leiden 1662-Leiden 1747)

An old Man and a Girl at a Vegetable and Fish Stall Signed and dated 1732

RCIN 405946

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This painting shows an old man and a girl at a vegetable and fish shop. Immense effort has been lavished on rendering the textures of the different goods on display: dried herrings, gingerbread, walnuts on the ledge; mushroom and dried fish suspended on either side of the arch; gold clubs and apples in front of the ledge; with additional fruits and gingerbread figures within the shop itself. The painting of different types of baskets, metal containers and fabrics is a virtuoso display of pictorial skills.