The Fishmonger’s Stall

c. 1620-1630
Frans Snijders (1579-1657); Cornelis De Vos (1584-1651)

FRIDAY NIGHT = DATE NIGHT one last time!

Do you smell these amazing flavors? Those are my fresh fish specialties! I sell all the goodies the water has to offer. From salmon nuts and sturgeon to lobsters and crabs. Frans Snyders has surrounded me with twenty-seven different species of fish and eight smaller sea creatures! I have to keep an eye on them because the cats are eager to nibble on them. Do you see where they are hidden? The assortment I sell is very exotic and not quite realistic; Snyders has exaggerated a bit. Do you want to know why?

 

WHAT DO YOU MEAN? DOES SNYDERS WANT TO MAKE SOMETHING CLEAR?

Not all fish and animals can be found in the Scheldt. The dotted turtle, for example, comes from South America! Frans Snyders and Cornelis De Vos have painted me in the 1620s, during the Eighty Years' War. During this time, there is absolutely no question of generous fishing. However, this painting serves to show off and is a plea for peace so we can fish everywhere again.

You can find me in the Museum Vleeshuis, I look forward to your visit.