Diego Velázquez (1599 - 1660): The Lunch, c. 1617, on5/15/2021, 11:06:00 AM
Diego Velázquez (1599 - 1660): The Lunch, c. 1617, on canvas, 127 cm × 120 cm (50 in × 47 in), Hermitage, St. Petersburg The Lunch is a very early painting by Spanish artist Diego Velázquez, finished c. 1617 when he was only 18. It portrays a table covered by a creased cloth, on which lie two pomegranates and a piece of bread. People attending the lunch include an aged man on the left and a young man on the right, while, in the background, an apparently carefree boy pours wine into a jug. The painting combines a still life of food and drink with a depiction of three comic farmers, whose physiognomy the artist studies closely. The composition shows a younger man gesturing with his right hand to reinforce the story coming from his half-open lips, and an older man listening attentively. The still life includes fish, bread, a carrot, a lemon, and a copper vessel. On the wall in the background hang a white neck-band, a leather bag and, on the right, a sword.