The Snite Museum Acquires a Seventeenth Century Still Life

November 7 2020

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz: has reported on news that The Snite Museum of Art, attached to the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, has acquired a still life by a 'Follower of Osias Beert I (ca. 1580 - 1624)'.

The museum's Curator of European and American Art before 1900, Cheryl Snay, is quoted as saying:

This still life painting with its dazzling array of treats is a welcome addition to our collection of seventeenth-century paintings. It was supposed to remind viewers about the sin of gluttony, the need for charity to those who have less, and the transience of life.

Instead, it became an essay on conspicuous consumption. With its display of sugar-coated spices and almonds, it affords us an opportunity to discuss its appeal to the morality of its original audience in addition to the sugar trade that fueled slavery.

Here is a page dedicated to the European paintings and sculpture in the museum's collection.

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