“Naturmort with a drinking horn, lobster and glasses,” Willem Calf – a description of the picture
- Posted by Willem Kalf
- Museum: National Gallery (London)
- Year: Around 1653
Description of the picture :
Still life with a drinking horn belonging to the St. Sebastian’s Guild of Shooters, lobster and glasses – Willem Kalf. Oil on canvas. 86.4×102.2
Willem Kalf was one of the leading masters of still life in the 17th century Holland. In his mature works, the artist created a type of harmoniously grouped still life with expensive, richly decorated objects of light-reflecting materials – gold, silver, tin or glass. His art reached the pinnacle in the Amsterdam period of creativity in bewitching, given the common name of “luxurious still mouths.”.
A set of objects in such paintings did not symbolize the idea of brandy and vanity of earthly existence, but personified the wealth of the Dutch Republic. Nevertheless, certain characters in this still life are available. So, the drinking horn, still existing the masterpiece of Amsterdam jewelers, stored in the Historical Museum in Amsterdam, is supported by a sculptural group of two Roman soldiers and St. Sebastian, who was considered the patron saint of the city shooter guild (he was tortured by Roman archer warriors). Since everyone in the canvas speaks of the guild of St. Sebastian, it is logical to assume that the work is written for her. The guild was very rich, and the “luxurious still life” of Calphus corresponded to its status.