Market Scene

Pieter Aertsen1569

Hallwyl Museum

Hallwyl Museum

The Painting has no religious undertones, as many of Aertsen´s work had, but divulges a highly erotic subject where the saucy looking woman holding a cabbage head – a symbol of female sexuality – bending forward in order do display her breasts to the viewer. The man holdning a carrot, and thus hinting rather unsubtly at his sexual capacity, also points towards the group of vegetables directly opposite the cabbage head: two spherical tomatoes and a veined, upright cucumber.

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  • Title: Market Scene
  • Creator: Pieter Aertsen
  • Date Created: 1569
  • Tags: Dutch
  • Provenance: Prague 1621, Swedish war-theft 1648, Queen Christina of Sweden, Family Kurck, Claes Frederik von Friesendorff, Bukowskis, Stockholm, Wilhelmina von Hallwyl, Stockholm 1898.
  • Physical Dimensions: w1695 x h835 mm (Without frame)
  • Painter: Pieter Aertsen
  • Artist info: Pieter Aertsen was one of the artists who were hit very hard by the iconoclastic uprising of 1566 in Holland; almost all of Aertsen´s religious paintings were destroyed at that time. His profane subjects, however, increased in popularity and together with his pupil and nephew, Joachim Buekelaer, Aertsen propelled the advance of Still-Life breakfast-pieces.
  • Type: Oil on panel
  • External Link: Image DIG 4302