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In the 16th century pancakes and waffles were typical Shrovetide fare. The figures may be preparing for the coming festivities, but they do not look very happy. The painting may have hung in the dining room of a wealthy citizen in Antwerp or Amsterdam. The peasants’ frugal meal would have stood in stark contrast to the lavish dinners that took place there.


Title The Pancake Bakery
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type Painting
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions (general) Width : 169,3 cm
Height : 87 cm
Makers Painter: Pieter Aertsen
Accession number 1006 (OK)
Credits Met steun van stadgenoten en legaat / With the support of citizens and bequest: J.P. van der Schilden 1926
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1926
Age maker About 52 years old
Exhibitions Van Eyck tot Bruegel (1994)
De ontdekking van het dagelijks leven - van Bosch tot Bruegel (2015)
Research Alma
Material Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Panel > Worked wood > Wood > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe
Geographical origin Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Pieter Aertsen

Amsterdam circa 1508 - Amsterdam 1575