... a carpet, together with a harp leaning against a chair, set before a draped curtain. oil on canvas. 108 by 164 cms.; 42 1/2 by 64 1/2 in.
PROVENANCE: In the collection of a Spanish noble family until the early 1990s.
EXHIBITED: St Petersburg, Florida, The Salvador Dalí Museum, Salvador Dalí and the Spanish Baroque, 2 February - 24 June 2007.
LITERATURE AND REFERENCES: Salvador Dalí and the Spanish Baroque, exhibition catalogue, The Salvador Dalí Museum, St Petersburg, Florida, 2007, p. 58, reproduced figure 35.
NOTE: This beautifully preserved still life has so far escaped definite attribution. Long thought to be by Antonio de Pereda, it is almost certainly the work of an artist active mid-century in Madrid, at the court of Philip IV, where the transience of worldly existence was the subject of general fascination, as shown by Calderón de la Barca´s La vida es sueño, first performed in 1637, and where the pictorial theme of vanitas was especially popular.1 The artist of the present painting