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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 Claesz. Heda (Haarlem 1593/4-1680/2)

Still Life on a Table Signed and dated 1638

RCIN 404790

In an exhibition, Queen's House [London]

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Heda devoted himself to still-life painting. He evolved a monochromatic style and tended to portray a restricted range of objects: a pewter dish, a knife and a half-eaten blackberry pie, all set on a table half-covered with a tablecloth.