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Still Life Tablescapes

Grapefruits by Paulo Jimenez $6,150

As we decorate our tables today for fanciful feasts with family and friends, I am reminded of the beauty of paintings by the Old Masters.

Stilleven met kalkoenpastei or Still Life with Turkey Pie, oil on panel, 1627 by Pieter Claesz

Old Masters were painters of great skill who worked in Europe before about 1800. Many are names you know – Leonardo da VinciMichelangelo, and Raphael. But today I’m thinking especially of those who painted amazing still life paintings of tablescapes and food – Dutch artists like Willem Claeszoon HedaJan van Huysum, and Pieter Claesz.

Still Life of Flowers, Fruit, Shells, and Insects by Balthasar van der Ast

Jan van Huysum (1682-1749)

Looking at these amazingly detailed paintings makes my mouth water and inspires me to set an inviting dinner table – encouraging friends to gather ’round and stay a while at the table, enjoying food and conversation.

COLUMN by Dan Fogel $650

From our Zatista family to yours, we wish you a warm and lovely Thanksgiving!

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