Still Life with Peacocks, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, c. 1639

Still Life with Peacocks, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, c. 1639

canvas, h 145cm × w 135.5cm. More details

In Rembrandt’s time, peacocks were a delicacy for the well-to-do: the meat was used as filling for pasties. After being slaughtered, the birds were hung upside down to drain their blood, as Rembrandt has depicted in this pantry. He must have been fascinated by the plumage’s magnificent markings and dazzling colours: blue, green and yellow ochre.

On display in Eregalerij Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn Still lifes

Collections with this work

RijksStudio

sudeep added this work to mythes

March 25 2015 - 4 works

Henk van der Sluis added this work to Rembrandt

March 10 2015 - 18 works

Timo Geukes added this work to Project X Rijksmuseum

March 2 2015 - 16 works

Make your own creations with this work