shiny copper and silver metal pots and pans; candlestick in ULC; bunch of onions and 2 fish, LLQ; 5 small birds, LRQ

Allegory of the Four Elements, c. 1600

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Although not as well known as other painters from Delft, whose guild he entered in 1613, Cornelis Jacobsz. Delff was admired by his contemporaries for his singular depictions of kitchen interiors, the earliest of which dates to 1597. However, this composition is not simply a kitchen still life, but also an allegory of the four elements, with earth, water, air and fire represented by vegetables, fish, birds and metallic vessels forged in the furnace. This picture probably dates to c. 1600, making it the earliest Dutch "still life" in the permanent collection.

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Jacobsz, Kitchen Still Life (#242)
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Title
Allegory of the Four Elements
Artist Life
1571–1643
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2002.151
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shiny copper and silver metal pots and pans; candlestick in ULC; bunch of onions and 2 fish, LLQ; 5 small birds, LRQ