Oil on canvas attributed to Andries Benedetti (1615-1649), representing a still life with fruits and Parrot on a table.
Wood carved, gilded style gold leaf frame Louis XVI.
Andries Benedetti was born in 1615 in Antwerp, death in 1649. Painter of the 17th, of still lifes, Flemish school.
Pupil of the painter Cernavael in Antwerp in 1636; He became Master in the corporation of the city in 1640. It is mentioned in the inventory of the Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, in 1659.
Andries Benedetti is a painter who mastered the still lifes, and more particularly still lifes with fruit.
Former melon, oranges, lemons, white grapes, black grapes, peaches, pears, quinces, cherries, walnuts, hazelnuts, apricots, kumquats, blue porcelain dish, everything here is perfectly realistic. Some fruits evoke Christian values: cherries are considered to be fruit of paradise, fisheries represent the forbidden fruit while grapes symbolize redemption.
The composition is performed with great mastery. The piece of jewelry, the China dish, the parrot on its perch, delicate wrinkling of the drape of the water, and the little drop of water which bead near the rangetop.
The fruits are so well painted that one can guess the transparency of the grape, the velvety skin, and the small grains of the Fig.
The painter achieves here a brilliant synthesis of Dutch technical precision and the Flemish baroque. It keeps the taste of the rendering of the materials that it sublime by scholars of light gaming.
Against the dark background, the color keys respond, from yellow to dark red, from green to deep blue. The colours are harmonious, the fine detail makes this incredibly this lifes to the Viewer.
Size without frame: 32.3 ' x 37.8’
Size with the frame: 39' x 44.5’