Market Woman with Vegetable Stall by Aertsen, Pieter

Market Woman with Vegetable Stall
Aertsen, Pieter
1567;
Oil on wood, 11 x 110 cm;
Stiftung preußischer Kulturbesitz, Staatliche Museen, BerlinThe painting demonstrates a wide range of agricultural products, made
possible by the improvements in production methods. Offering her
fruits and vegetables, the woman is almost an appendage to her
produce. Despite all exaggeration, the picture quite adequately shows
the new economic prosperity of the time. At the same time, however, it
still contains a background scene in genre style of embracing lovers
in a stable, thus relating the painting to late medieval peasant
satires. Peasants were regarded as lustful, sensuous and carnal by the
middle classes.

Market Woman with Vegetable Stall Aertsen, Pieter 1567; Oil on wood, 11 x 110 cm; Stiftung preußischer Kulturbesitz, Staatliche Museen, BerlinThe painting demonstrates a wide range of agricultural products, made possible by the improvements in production methods. Offering her fruits and vegetables, the woman is almost an appendage to her produce. Despite all exaggeration, the picture quite adequately shows the new economic prosperity of the time. At the same time, however, it still contains a background scene in genre style of embracing lovers in a stable, thus relating the painting to late medieval peasant satires. Peasants were regarded as lustful, sensuous and carnal by the middle classes.