Abraham Brueghel (Flemish, 1631–1697)
Oil on canvas; 24 3/8 x 29 1/8 in. (61.9 x 74 cm)
Purchase, 1871 (71.118)
Our knowledge of Italian still-life painting is still in its infancy. This striking still life has been ascribed, surprisingly, to Velázquez, Giuseppe Ruoppoli (a leading exponent of Neopolitan still-life painting), and Giovanni Paolo Spadino. It is currently attributed to the Fleming Abraham Brueghel, who worked in Rome and Naples.