Photograph: Tibor Mester,  © Tibor Mester

Name of Object:

Still life with Crabs, Pitcher, Glass, Loaf and Mouse


Budapest, Hungary

Holding Museum:

Hungarian National Gallery


c. 1730

Type of object:

Painting (still life)


István Izbighy (Izbigi) Veres

Period of activity:

Active in the first half of the 18th century at Kassa (Košice)

Museum Inventory Number:

89.2 M

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Oil on canvas


H: 42 cm; w: 53 cm


Swiss private collection


Izbighy Veres of Kassa (Košice) was one of the most accomplished painters of the period in Hungary. According to sources, he executed several commissions in Kassa (Košice), and a number of his still life paintings are in Slovakian and Hungarian collections today. Indications of the Hungarian origins of this painting are evident not only in the signature, but also in the blue-white lead-glazed jar; in addition, the loaf of bread is similar to that seen on a supraport painting by him in Koháry Castle at Szentantal (Antol). In another painting in the Xantus János Museum, Győr, Izbighy arranged a heap of crawfish on a plate in a similar way.
Up until the beginning of the 20th century, discussion of Izbighy Veres' still life paintings was primarily in terms of their symbolic meaning. In this particular painting, however, this is hardly a major consideration as, clearly, it is influenced by the 17th-century still life genre of Austria and south Italy and, considering its style and spirituality, is certainly related to three works of the Austrian “Burgher paintress” Anna Maria Punz (Österreichische Galerie, Vienna), though this one by Izbighy is of an earlier date.

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How date and origin were established:

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

How Object was obtained:

Transferred in an exchange from a Swiss private collection to a private collection in Karinthia, Austria.

Selected bibliography:

Mojzer, M., (ed) “Cat. Nr. A. 44.” The Metamorphosis of Themes: Secular Subjects in the Art of the Baroque in Central Europe, exhibition catalogue, Budapest, 1993.

Citation of this web page:

Miklós  Mojzer "Still life with Crabs, Pitcher, Glass, Loaf and Mouse" in Discover Baroque Art , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019.;BAR;hu;Mus11;8;en&id=still_life

Prepared by: Miklós Mojzer
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: Etelka Rozgonyi
Translation copyedited by: Mandi Gomez

MWNF Working Number: HU 08

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