Jan Baptist Weenix Dead Partridge Hanging from a Nail
On view in Room 14
A dead partridge is hanging from a nail by a string tied round its feet. It hangs against a white plastered wall in bright sunlight. The work has been painted to look almost like the real thing, in spite of the sparing use of colours.
This type of deceptive painting, or trompe-l’oeil, was very popular in the mid-seventeenth century. This example is by Weenix, who is known mainly for his impressive Italian landscapes.
Jan Baptist Weenix (Amsterdam 1621 - 1659/1661 De Haar)
Dead Partridge Hanging from a Nail
On view in
Material and technical details
50.6 x 43.5 cm
lower right: Gio. Batta: Weenix f.
Wttewaal van Stoetwegen Collection, Laren; S. Nijstad Gallery, The Hague; purchased by the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, 1960; on long-term loan from the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, since 1960