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Breakfast Piece
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Breakfast Piece

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Description In the 1600s, ham, bread, and white wine were often eaten at breakfast as well as at lunch. The use of simple pewter indicates that this is an everyday meal. The angle at which we view the composition encourages us to think that the scene is an extension of our own space and that we are seated close by, while the dish balanced precariously on the table's edge engages our attention by making us think that it might fall! Pieter Claesz. and his followers developed this popular subject during the 1630's and 1640's.
Date Description Narrative
8/27/1981Examinationexamined for exhibition
  • New Light on Old Pictures: Dutch and Flemish Paintings from the Walters. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1981-1982.
  • Artful Dining: The Exhibition. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1994.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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1640-1649 (Baroque)
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
15 9/16 x 21 15/16 in. (39.6 x 55.8 cm)


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