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BEUCKELAER, Joachim/ ARTISTS BEFORE 1650 / ART MAIN film and food  
(b. 1530, Antwerpen, d. 1574, Antwerpen) literature and food
Netherlandish painter of large still lifes, market and kitchen pieces – active in Antwerp. Beuckelaer was the nephew and pupil of Pieter Aertsen, and he followed his uncle’s preference for scenes in which a religious subject is relegated to the background by the still life or genre content (The Cook, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna). He seems to have been the first painter to depict fish stalls. 
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Market Scene

Oil on wood, 113 x 81,5 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
Market Scene

The artist took the composition from Aertsen. The fruit and vegetable still-life at the bottom is remarkable.
The Well-Stocked Kitchen
Oil on panel, 171 x 250 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

In this well-stocked kitchen, in which the disciples Peter and John are keeping themselves busy, the preparation for the meal are dominated by two preoccupied cooks. Beuckelaer concentrated mainly on the convincing imitation of textures: textiles, vegetables, fruit, poultry and other foods. In his perfectionism he can be considered the forerunner of the 17th-century masters of still-life. In the background of the painting is the story of Christ in the house of Martha and Mary. 306,000 listed artists
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