Luis Egidio Meléndez’s The Afternoon Meal is a wonderful example of his skill at painting still life, especially food. The original title La Merienda indicates that this suggests an afternoon snack, which the Spanish sometimes refer to as a picnic. Ironically this is a merienda without people, though the slice of melon (immediate foreground) shows teeth marks. A bit of whimsy. The fruits all placed on the ground without a cloth is a catalog of Spanish produce: pomegranates, apples, white grapes, peaches, cantaloupe pears, figs, and plums. There is a covered dish, and of course, there is bread, wine (presumably), and water.

Featured Image:  Luis Egidio Meléndez. The Afternoon Meal [La Merienda] (1771c.), oil on canvas. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York