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Kitchen Scene with Christ in the House of Martha and Mary
  • Kitchen Scene with Christ in the House of Martha and Mary

    TitleKitchen Scene with Christ in the House of Martha and Mary
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on oak
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 130 x 201 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 147 x 218 x 4 cm
  • DatingSigned 1565
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Joachim Beuckelaer, Flemish, born c. 1533, dead 1575
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 323
  • AcquisitionTransferred 1865 Kongl. Museum
  • Description
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    In the kitchen of a magnificent palace, women are preparing a feast. A sumptuous still life of realistically rendered poultry, game and joints of lamb conveys an image of prosperity. The scene also contains a number of erotic allusions. In the background we see Jesus’ encounter with Martha and Mary. Is this a warning against excess in the good things in life, at the expense of spiritual values? It could also be a social satire on the simple habits and uninhibited sexuality of the lower classes.