Colnaghi Foundation Journal 03 - Page 27



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Too many cooks…; Cerezo, Barranco, De Leito, and the kitchen still life in Madrid
Fig. 2 / Mateo Cerezo,
Kitchen Still Life with Meat,
oil on canvas, 84 x 104 cm,
Mexico City, Museo de San
Carlos.
Fig. 3 / Mateo Cerezo,
Kitchen Still Life with Fish
Bread, and Utensils, signed
and dated 166[4], oil on
canvas, 84 x 104 cm, Mexico
City, Museo de San Carlos.
While these reservations have subsequently affected
art-historical opinion, an alternative attribution has not
been proposed.12
Despite disagreements about its attribution, the
painting’s aesthetic quality has never been in doubt.
Since its 1976 showing in London and Paris, it has
made regular appearances over many years as a flagship
work of the Spanish “Golden Age”. It appeared in the
exhibition at Caracas, Museo de Bellas Artes, Cuatrocientos
Too many cooks…; Cerezo, Barranco, De Leito, and the kitchen still life in Madrid
Años de Pintura Española in 1981;13 Paris, Petit Palais, De
Greco a Picasso. Cinq siècles d’Art Espagnol, 1987-1988;14
Geneva, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Du Greco a Goya. Chefs
d’Oeuvre du Prado et des Collections Espagnoles, 1989;15 and
Bologna, Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, Luci del Secolo
d’Oro Spagnolo, 1998.16 It was exhibited in the thematic
show Pintura Española de Bodegones y Floreros, National
Museum of Western Art, Tokyo; Nagoya City Art
Museum, Nagoya, 1992, and the exhibition showcasing
the Spanish still lifes in the Museo del Prado, La Belleza
de lo Real. Floreros y Bodegones Españoles en el Museo del Prado,
1600-1800 in 1995.17 It was again in Japan in 2002 in
Obras Maestras del Museo del Prado, National Museum of
Western Art, Tokyo.18 It appeared in El Bodegón Español
de Zurbarán a Picasso, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao,
1999-2000, where Pérez Sánchez acknowledged doubts
about its attribution to Cerezo.19 It was included in the
travelling exhibition El Bodegón Español en el Prado, Caja
de Ahorros de la Inmaculada, Zaragoza 2008; 20 Caja
Canarias, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 2009; Fundación
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Caixa Galicia, La Coruña 2009; Monasterio de Nuestra
Señora del Prado, Valladolid, 2009-2010; Fundación
Cajamurcia, Murcia, 2010; Centro de Arte, Alcoi,
Valencia, 2011. In 2012, the painting was in Puerto Rico,
Museo de Arte de Ponce, Del Greco a Goya. Obras Maestras
del Museo del Prado, 2012.21 At the time of writing, it is in
a still-life show at the Musei Reali, Galleria Sabauda, of
Turin, Il Silenzio sulla Tela. Natura Morta Spagnola da Sánchez
Cotán a Goya, which is the second leg of one held earlier
in the year at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels.22

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