Still Life with Peacock, Rabbit, and Spaniel
Melchoir d' Hondecoeter
To paint this picture, you need a rich black for the shroud of darkness. Death infiltrates the hearts of innocent creatures.Corpses of several birds lay upon a table. A rabbit so golden-brown is also another victim of death. In the distance, I spy a basket of fresh produce. This is a sign of a plentiful banquet. A spaniel gazes at the table. He wonders, "Could this be my meal, or a trap?"
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