Name of Object:

Still life with Crabs, Pitcher, Glass, Loaf and Mouse


Budapest, Közép-Magyarország / Central Hungary, Hungary

Holding Museum:

Hungarian National Gallery

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Date of Object:

c. 1730

Artist(s) / Craftsperson(s):

István Izbighy (Izbigi) Veres

Museum Inventory Number:

89.2 M

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Oil on canvas


H: 42 cm; w: 53 cm


Swiss private collection

Type of object:

Painting (still life)

Period of activity:

Active in the first half of the 18th century at Kassa (Košice)


Izbighy Veres of Kassa (Košice) was one of the most accomplished painters of the period in Hungary. According to sources, he executed several commissions in Kassa (Košice), and a number of his still life paintings are in Slovakian and Hungarian collections today. Indications of the Hungarian origins of this painting are evident not only in the signature, but also in the blue-white lead-glazed jar; in addition, the loaf of bread is similar to that seen on a supraport painting by him in Koháry Castle at Szentantal (Antol). In another painting in the Xantus János Museum, Győr, Izbighy arranged a heap of crawfish on a plate in a similar way.
Up until the beginning of the 20th century, discussion of Izbighy Veres' still life paintings was primarily in terms of their symbolic meaning. In this particular painting, however, this is hardly a major consideration as, clearly, it is influenced by the 17th-century still life genre of Austria and south Italy and, considering its style and spirituality, is certainly related to three works of the Austrian “Burgher paintress” Anna Maria Punz (Österreichische Galerie, Vienna), though this one by Izbighy is of an earlier date.

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The signed work of István Izbighy (Izbigi) Veres, a painter from Kassa (Košice) shows the influence of Austrian and south Italian still life painting, in particular the work of the “Burgher paintress” Anna Maria Punz. His other works may well have symbolic meaning but symbolism is a minor consideration when considering this particular painting.

How date and origin were established:

The painting is signed and the date established by stylistic analysis.

How Object was obtained:

Transferred in an exchange from a Swiss private collection to a private collection in Karinthia, Austria.

Selected bibliography:

Mojzer, M., (ed) “Cat. Nr. A. 44.” The Metamorphosis of Themes: Secular Subjects in the Art of the Baroque in Central Europe, exhibition catalogue, Budapest, 1993.

Citation of this web page:

Miklós  Mojzer "Still life with Crabs, Pitcher, Glass, Loaf and Mouse" in "Discover Baroque Art", Museum With No Frontiers, 2022.;BAR;hu;Mus11;8;en

Prepared by: Miklós Mojzer
Copyedited by: Terézia Bardi
Translation by: Etelka Rozgonyi
Translation copyedited by: Mandi Gomez

MWNF Working Number: HU 08