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Slow Food – Still Lifes of the Golden Age in the Mauritshuis

Foodies, pay attention. The Mauritshuis in The Hague is presenting just the thing for you. The exhibition Slow Food – Still Lifes of the Golden Age is opening this Thursday, 9 March. A must-see for all you food-Instagrammers out there, to see how the masters did it. 

In 2012 the Mauritshuis acquired a still life by Dutch artist Clara Peeters, one of the few women painters of the Golden Age. Not much is known about her life, but she was probably born in Antwerp. She painted still lifes, partly because it was soo complicated for a woman to paint people. This would require them to practice with nude models, something that was not an option in those days.

Tasty-looking masterpieces

The work Still Life with Cheeses, Almonds and Pretzels is one of the best works of Clara Peeters and the centrepiece of the exhibition Slow Food.

Slow Food - Still Lifes of the Golden Age
Clara Peeters, Stilleven met kazen, amandelen en krakelingen, c. 1615.

The Mauritshuis showcases other fine works, on borrow from museums like the Prado in Madrid and the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

By showing these masterpieces, the Mauritshuis tells us the story of the rise of the genre of still lifes, from its emergence around 1600 in Antwerp to the flourishing of it in towns like Haarlem.

You can admire delicacies like fish, nuts, cheese and curated meats. They all look yummy and teach us a thing or two on how to carefully position foods in order to form a lovely and tasteful composition.

 

Food festivals

The Mauritshuis doesn’t stop at merely showing you the still lifes of food. They are also organizing four mini food festivals during the expo, each concentrating on a different food type. They are:

18 March: cheese and bread

22 April: fish and meat

20 May: drinks and glasswork

17 June: vegetables and fruits

So mark your calendar and visit The Mauritshuis, preferably on an empty stomach. A feast for the eyes and the belly.

Slow Food – Still Lifes of the Golden Age. 9 March – 25 June 2017. Mauritshuis, Den Haag (The Hague)

 

 

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