(by monique callens)
Jennifer Connelly in ‘fairy princess’ mode, in what I believe is probably an ad for the Japanese electronics firm ‘Technics.’
Pieter Claesz, Still Life with Oysters, 1642
At this time in Dutch history, still lifes were in great demand; they signified a time of growing prosperity and abundance, and required no formal education in order to understand their message. In this example, Claesz beautifully renders the scene by combining imported items with local ones, showing the worldly nature of the Dutch economic climate at this time. The objects pictured are so tactile, it’s almost as if you could reach out and stroke the cool glass of the goblet, or pluck an oyster from the plate.