Still life with imaginary view

Laurens Craencirca 1645-circa 1650

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

This picture was formerly attributed to the great 17th-century Dutch still life painter, Jan Davidsz. de Heem, but recent scholarship favours an attribution to Laurens Craen, an artist much influenced by De Heem who may for a time have been employed in his workshop. The compositional type with a view through a window in the background and the characteristic treatment of the still life were invented by De Heem, but continued in use among numerous followers and imitators.


  • Title: Still life with imaginary view
  • Creator: Laurens Craen
  • Date Created: circa 1645-circa 1650
  • Physical Dimensions: 63.4 x 85.3 cm board; 81.0 x 103.7 cm frame
  • Provenance: Sir Arthur Henry Downes, England, Gift of Sir Arthur Downes 1929. Letter from Downes 1929 "there is a tradition that the picture was won at cards by a gambling Mytton of former days" (Mytton was a Downes ancestor).
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Gift of Sir Arthur Downes in memory of his uncle J.F. Downes and of his cousin F.W.A. Downes H.L.A. 1929
  • Medium: oil on panel
  • Signature & Date: Not signed. Not dated.
  • Object Other Titles: Still life; Still life with landscape view through curtain
  • Artist Country: Netherlands

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