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Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion
Artist:Jasper Gerardi (Geeraerts) (attributed) , Flemish, active afrom 1634 - 1654 Title:Still Life with Meat Pie Date:c. 1650 Medium:Oil on panel Culture: Flemish Dimensions:19 1/4 x 25 1/4 in. (48.9 x 64.1 cm) Credit Line:Gift in honor of Marilyn M. Segal by her children Accession number:1998.22.6 Label Copy: A still life is an image in which a variety of everyday objects, such as food, flowers, and household items, are displayed in various arrangements and settings. Recognized as a distinct genre in antiquity then largely neglected for centuries, still-life subjects experienced a revival in Western European painting beginning in the late 1500s. Valued for their sumptuous detail, still lifes often contained religious, social, and moral symbolism for their contemporary viewers. For example, the luscious grapes, peaches, and cherries in Gerardi’s painting signify abundance, wealth, and prosperity through trade. The peeled lemon, a citrus with many uses, may have served as a reminder of frugality and prudence, while the tiny bugs crawling on the adjacent red fig often implied decay and the vanity of earthly pleasures. Provenance: Purchased January 11, 1990 through (Sotheby's New York). Richard D. Segal; gift 1998 to Duke University Museum of Art, now Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

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