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Un Univers intime. Paintings from the Frits Lugt Collection
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Jacques Linard
(Troyes 1597-1645 Paris)
Still life with shells and coral
Panel, 47 x 64 cm
Acquired in 1927; inv. 2799

In the seventeenth century shells from faraway places were collected for their beauty and singularity, predominantly in the Northern Netherlands. They were displayed in cabinets of curiosities and frequently used as the subject of paintings. Merchant ships brought them to the Dutch Republic, but they were far rarer in France. This is one of the reasons why this elegant shell still life was previously attributed to Balthasar van der Ast (1593/94-1657). The work was credited to Linard on the basis of a small but homogenous group of surviving still lifes of shells by him, some of which are signed and dated between 1621/24 and 1640.