Still Life with Cheeses, Almonds and Pretzels

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Still Life with Cheeses, Almonds and Pretzels
Clara Peeters - Still Life with Cheeses, Almonds and Pretzels.jpg
ArtistClara Peeters
Yearc. 1615
TypeStill life
MediumOil on wood
Dimensions34.5 cm × 49.5 cm (13.6 in × 19.5 in)

Still Life with Cheeses, Almonds and Pretzels (Dutch: Stilleven met kazen, amandelen en krakelingen) is a painting by the Dutch artist Clara Peeters, c. 1615.[1] It is a still life, painted in oils on a wooden panel, measuring 34.5 cm × 49.5 cm (13.6 in × 19.5 in). Peeters has painted her signature in the handle of the silver bridal knife.[2] The painting is displayed in the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague.


Signature of Clara Peeters on the knife handle
Detail showing self-portrait of the artist, who is wearing a white hat

Clara Peeters specialised in still lifes with beautiful objects, delicious fruits and expensive food. This type of still life is called "banketje" (banquet) in Dutch.[1] The symbolism of these paintings is not fully known. It could be an encouragement to temperance, or a reference to The Last Supper. Or it might simply be a display of opulence and wealth.[citation needed]

In this painting, in addition to the objects named in the title, there are also curls of butter, figs and a bread roll. In the background is a gold-plated Venetian glass. The almonds and figs are lying in a dish of Chinese Wanli porcelain.[3] Peeters often used the objects in this painting in her still lifes.

Peeters has painted her own portrait reflected in the cover of the "bartmann" jug behind the cheese. She thus followed the example of Jan van Eyck, who painted his self-portrait in the mirror in his 1434 Arnolfini Portrait. Peeters made a total of seven self-portraits, including this one.[4]


The early history of the painting is not known. It was held in a private collection in France from 1920 until it was auctioned at Drouot-Richelieu in Paris in 1998. It was bought by the Richard Green Gallery, and sold to a US private collector in 2000.[2] The painting was acquired by the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague in June 2012.[5] The sale was made possible by the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt (and its A.M. Roeters van Lennep Fonds, Utrechtse Rembrandt Cirkel and the Caius Fonds).[6]


In a special episode of the TV show Kunstuur on 22 June 2014, which described the renovated Mauritshuis, the Dutch minister Jet Bussemaker explained why Still Life with Cheeses, Almonds and Pretzels was her favorite painting in the museum.[7]



  1. ^ a b Clara Peeters, Still Life with Cheeses, Almonds and Pretzels, c. 1615, Mauritshuis
  2. ^ a b Details: Clara Peeters, Still Life with Cheeses, Almonds and Pretzels, c. 1615, Mauritshuis
  3. ^ "Mauritshuis verwerft bijzonder stilleven Clara Peeters" (in Dutch). 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  4. ^ "Clara Peeters, bescheiden schilder van stillevens" (in Dutch). 2016-06-28. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  5. ^ "Mauritshuis verwerft stilleven Clara Peeters", Die Volkskrant, 19 June 2012
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ SPECIAL MAURITSHUIS, Nederlandse Publieke Omroep, 22 June 2014