Photograph: Tibor Mester,  © Tibor Mester

Name of Object:

Still life with Fruits, Parrots and a White Cockatoo

Also known as:

Still life with birds (fruits and parrots)


Budapest, Hungary

Holding Museum:

Hungarian National Gallery



Type of object:

Painting (still life)


Jakab Bogdány (c. 1660, Eperjes (Prešov)-1724, London)

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Oil on canvas

Place of production:



H: 98 cm; w: 128.5 cm


Jakab Bogdány left his native town, Eperjes (Prešov) in Upper Hungary, at a young age, going first to Vienna and then to Amsterdam where sources mention him in 1684, and where he may have pursued his studies. At any rate, Amsterdam, then the centre of middle-class genres, especially still life, was a perfect school for an artist just starting out. At first he painted flower and fruit pieces, which proved to be a lifelong experience for him, for the effect of the Dutch example remained discernible in this group of works throughout his life. Bogdány moved to London in 1688, and his technical expertise soon earned him fame among the English aristocracy. His most important clients were the royal family themselves. As a sign of both his artistic and social recognition, he gained English citizenship in 1700 and purchased an estate near London. He began to paint animal compositions, mainly exotic birds, designed for above doors or mantelpieces; most of these pictures are still in situ, found in their original settings in private collections in rural England. Influenced by the painter, Melchior de Hondecoeter, an outstanding Dutch master of bird paintings, Bogdány's are actually elegant genre pictures with exotic birds as actors against a background of elegant parks and classical buildings. He studied, and from the point of view of ornithology, accurately depicted, rare and colourful birds in the aviary at Windsor Park, which belonged to one of his main clients, Admiral George Churchill.

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How date and origin were established:

The painting is signed and the date defined by stylistic analysis.

How Object was obtained:

Purchased from an English private collection in 1907; in the Museum of Fine Arts until 1974 and then transferred to the Hungarian National Gallery.

Selected bibliography:

Pigler, A., Bogdány Jakab (1660–1724), Budapest, 1941.
The Hungarian National Gallery: The Old Collection, (ed. M. Mojzer), Budapest, 1984, p. 138.
Rajnai, M., Jacob Bogdani c. 1660–1724, exhibition catalogue, London, 1989, p. 7.

Citation of this web page:

Enikő  Buzási "Still life with Fruits, Parrots and a White Cockatoo" in Discover Baroque Art , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019.;BAR;hu;Mus11;3;en&id=still_life

Prepared by: Enikő Buzási
Copyedited by: Terézia BardiTerézia Bardi

NAME: Terézia Anna

AFFILIATION: National Trust of Monuments for Hungary

TITLE: Art Historian, Vice Director for Research at The National Trust of
Monuments for Hungary; MWNF DBA local co-ordinator (Hungary), author
and copy-editor

Terézia Bardi, Vice Director for Research at the National Trust of Monuments for Hungary since 2004, was awarded her MA in History and History of Art at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. After a period of fellowships mainly in Italy, Terézia gained her PhD from the Faculty of Art History at the same university for her thesis Presentation and Representation – the European Reception of the Liberation of Buda in 1686: Feast and Public Opinion. Her main fields of research are 17th-and18th-century Baroque and Rococo: the spectacles, festival decorations and associated iconography – including theatre productions of the period – and interior decoration of historic houses. Since 1988, she has edited a number of art historical books that include some on Oriental art and architecture. She is MWNF DBA’s local (Hungarian) co-ordinator, author and copy-editor.

Translation by: Judit Pokoly
Translation copyedited by: Mandi Gomez

MWNF Working Number: HU 03