Name of Object:
A pair of still-life paintings: Confectionery and Pottery and Confectionery and Flowers
Museum and House of Anselmo Braamcamp Freire
Date of Object:
Artist(s) / Craftsperson(s):
Josefa de Ayala e Cabrera (Josefa d'Óbidos) (1630, Seville-1684, Óbidos)
Museum Inventory Number:
Material(s) / Technique(s):
Oil on canvas
Confectionery and Pottery: h: 84 cm; w: 160.5 cm Confectionery and Flowers: h: 85 cm; w: 160.5 cm
Workshop / Movement:
Josefa de Ayala workshop
Anselmo Braamcamp Freire collection
Type of object:
Still-life / Bodegones
Period of activity:
Place of production:
This is one of two still-life paintings belonging to the Anselmo Braamcamp Freire collection by Josefa d' Óbidos. The influence of the Flemish, Dutch and Andalusian schools, which Josefa d' Óbidos adapted to her Naturalist genre to create her own distinct style, is clearly visible here. The painting reveals an essential simplicity, in which the central details are the confectionary, the pottery and flowers, and it is this very simplicity allied to the artist's delicate technique as well as a wide colour palette, that transform these works into silent and realistic worlds of living objects in all their serenity.
Josefa d’ Óbidos' still-life evokes the Counter-Reformation's Baroque ideas in which Man's gesture and behavioural excesses contrast with purity and simplicity. Details like bread, cakes, silver and embroidery symbolise human values in contrast to the flowers, representing spiritual values.
Museu Biblioteca Braamcamp Freire
How date and origin were established:
Signed and dated: “+ / Josepha. Em Óbidos. / 1676.”
How Object was obtained:
Anselmo Braamcamp Freire bequeathed his palace, books and art collection to the nation; the palace is now Santarém Public Library and the bequest included the two paintings seen here.
Sequeira, G. M. de, Inventário Artístico de Portugal, Distrito de Santarém, vol. III, Lisbon, ANBA, 1949, p. 73. Serrão V., (ed), Josefa de Óbidos e o tempo Barroco, exhibition catalogue, I.P.P.C., Lisbon, 1991, p. 203.
Citation of this web page:
Susana Alves "A pair of still-life paintings: Confectionery and Pottery and Confectionery and Flowers" in "Discover Baroque Art", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.discoverbaroqueart.org/database_item.php?id=object;BAR;pt;Mus11;7;en
Prepared by: Susana Alves