Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)

A Meat Stall with the Holy Family Giving Alms (detail) Butcher's Stall

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Abstract

Pieter Aertsen was one of the first artists to paint "inverted still lifes," works in which the still-life elements are placed prominently in the foreground, while the narrative elements are relegated to the background. A Meat Stall is Aertsen's masterpiece in this genre. A feast for the mind as well as the eyes, this remarkably executed painting abounds with rich symbolism. The juxtaposition of the precisely rendered meats and other foods with the Holy Family in the background symbolically links food for the body with the spiritual "bread of life"- food for the soul, represented by the Christ child and the bread, offered by Mary to the poor family.

Keywords

Uppsala, Sweden, Antwerp, Belgium, Style: Dutch Northern Renaissance, School: Northern Renaissance, Movement: Renaissance, Dutch, Painting;, Painting

Subject: topical

Style: Dutch Northern Renaissance; School: Northern Renaissance; Movement: Renaissance; Dutch; Painting;

Subject: geographic

Uppsala, Sweden; Antwerp, Belgium

Type

StillImage

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Genre

Paintings; Pictures

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Art and Art History (Saskia)

Identifier

A01-LHF0112

A Meat Stall with the Holy Family Giving Alms (detail) Butcher's Stall

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