Fishmarket in Antwerp - Frans Snijders

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Fishmarket in Antwerp

Artist: 
Frans Snijders
Material : 
oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
145.0 cm x 170.0 cm
Inventory number: 
77.148
Museum:
Museum Rockoxhuis
Subcategory:
17th century
Type:
Painting

Snijders was one of the most important still life and animal painters. After Van Dyck he was the most famous collaborator of Rubens. He lived next to Rockox and signed his testament as a witness.
On the Antwerp wharf, a fishmonger offers salt and freshwater fish. Under the table a cat takes refuge and furtively steals a piece of fish. The scale could point towards the last judgment and it is possible that the painting is a commission from a religious context.