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Fish (Still Life)

Artist: Alexander Adriaenssen
(Antwerp 1587 – 1661 Antwerp)

Date: 1640
Medium: oil on oak
Dimensions: 44.5 x 79 cm
with frame: 62 x 97 x 8 cm
Classification: painting
Inventory Number: 2327
Department: Old Master Paintings

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Fish (Still Life)

Iconography: Deriving from kitchen and market scenes, fish pieces are reminders of the perishable nature of the goods from this world. In early ensembles, fish pieces represent the element Water. Dead animals displayed in such paintings as well as those in game pieces are associated with death.