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

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

David Teniers the Younger (Antwerp 1610-Brussels 1690)

The Interior of a Kitchen with an Old Woman Peeling Turnips c. 1640-44

RCIN 405945

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This painting of a comic peasant interior is an of an enduring Dutch and Flemish tradition. The idea of the still life to the left would seem to be that of ‘poor plenty’, an abundance of basic fare.