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

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

Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577 - Antwerp 1640) & Frans Snyders (Antwerp 1579 - Antwerp 1657)

Pythagoras Advocating Vegetarianism c.1628-30

RCIN 403500

Public Dining Room, Hampton Court Palace

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This painting is the result of a collaboration between Rubens, who painted the figures, and Frans Snyders, who painted the produce. In this case Snyders painted the fruit and vegetables first and then passed the canvas over to Rubens who was careful not to paint over any of his friend’s work.