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Fishmonger’s Stall, ca. 1640

  • oil paint, canvas
  • 215.5 x 300.5 cm
  • Inv. S-10

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The painter’s name often causes confusion, but Adriaen van Utrecht was, in fact, a Flemish artist who was active in Antwerp. This monumental painting was not intended to be a realistic depiction of a fish stall, but to show the variety and richness of what the sea could provide in terms of food. Paintings containing fish can also be read as symbolising the element Water. Van Utrecht added other genre elements to his tableau: while the market vendor negotiates with a customer, a young thief surreptitiously cuts the strings of her purse. The allusions to eroticism and sexuality, particularly in regard to the fish display, convey a moral message, one that warns against being blinded by lust. This work once graced the chimneybreast of the kitchen in St Peter’s Abbey in Ghent.


Adriaen van Utrecht RKD Wikidata
Antwerp 1599 - Antwerp 1652
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Title Fishmonger’s Stall
Date ca. 1640
Period 17th century
Location Antwerp TGN
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings monogram at the right on the barrel: AW
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number S-10
Acquisition credit
Current whereabouts Work on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300139140 genre pictures AAT
300015636 landscapes AAT
Keywords Iconclass 25F6 fishes Iconclass
25F61 cartilaginous fishes Iconclass
25F61(RAY) cartilaginous fishes: ray Iconclass
25F62 bony fishes Iconclass
25F62(CARP) bony fishes: carp Iconclass
25F63 eels Iconclass
25F63(EEL) eels: eel Iconclass
25F716(CRAB) crustaceans: crab Iconclass
25F716(LOBSTER) crustaceans: lobster Iconclass
25F72(OYSTER) molluscs: oyster Iconclass
25H1 landscapes in the temperate zone Iconclass
25H2 landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone) Iconclass
25H2322 sea Iconclass
26A clouds Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31D112 child Iconclass
31D11221 boy (child between toddler and youth) Iconclass
31D120 Youth, Adolescence, 'Iuventus'; 'Adolescenza', 'Gioventu' (Ripa) Iconclass
31D14 adult man Iconclass
31D15 adult woman Iconclass
41A711 table Iconclass
41A771 container of metal: bucket, can, canister, drum, tin, etc. Iconclass
41A775 wooden container: barrel, cask Iconclass
41A7751 container made of plant material other than wood: basket Iconclass
41C341 dish, plate, saucer Iconclass
41D267 purse, money-bag Iconclass
44G54 thief Iconclass
44G544 theft Iconclass
46B111 stall, booth (~ market) Iconclass
46B21 merchant, salesman Iconclass
46C215(MAST) parts of ship's exterior: mast Iconclass
46C23 boat propelled by man or animal Iconclass
46C24 sailing-ship, sailing-boat Iconclass
47B1814(+3) butcher, slaughterman (+ technical aspects ~ crafts, industries, agriculture) Iconclass
47K1 sea and coastal fishery Iconclass
School / Style Baroque AAT
'Adriaen van Utrecht. Fischbude', in: Das Flämische Stilleben 1550-1680 / Alexander Wied. - Wenen : Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, [s.a.] ; Lingen (p. 194-195 (ill.), 374 (ill.))
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. I, p. 159 (ill.))
The Paston Treasure : Microcosmos of the Know World (exhibition New Haven-Connecticut, Yale Center for British Art, 15.02 - 27.05.2018 ; Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, 23.06 - 23.09.2018) / Andrew W. Moore, Nathan Flis, Francesca Vanke, Robert Wenley, Jean Agnew, Simon Turner, Mark Purcell. - New Haven-Connecticut : Yale University Press, 2018 (p. 149)
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