Die Magie der Dinge

Stilllebenmalerei 1500-1800

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Die Magie der Dinge
Stilllebenmalerei 1500-1800

Ed. Jochen Sander, text(s) by Jochen Sander, Julie Berger Hochstrasser, Ursula Härting, Magdalena Kraemer-Noble, Heidrun Ludwig, Gerhard Bott, Stephan Kemperdick, Fred G. Meijer, Sam Segal, foreword by Max Hollein


2008. 368 pp., 246 ills.


24.80 x 30.60 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-2206-3

There seems to be an endless number of deceptively real objects depicted in still lifes: dewdrops on fragile flower petals, reflections of light on glass goblets and precious silver dishes, candied sweets in Chinese porcelain, the fine hairs on a peach, the soft feathers of a songbird, the sallow tinge to a skull. However, the details of this genre are not exhausted in the delicate rendering of varying surfaces, because each pictorial element can also symbolize religious or moral content or be a reference to the irretrievability of time gone by—tempus fugit!
This volume presents, on large-format plates, a splendid selection of works by some of the principal masters of the still-life genre, such as Jan Brueghel the Elder, Georg Flegel, Sebastian Stoskopff, Jan Davidsz de Heem, Abraham Mignon, and Jean Siméon Chardin. These choice treasures of German, Netherlandish, Flemish, and French still-life painting exemplify nearly all of the different ways of playing with this genre. (English edition ISBN 978-3-7757-2207-0)

Exhibition schedule: Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, March 20–August 17, 2008 • Kunstmuseum Basel, September 7, 2008–January 4, 2009

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