Luis Egidio Meléndez’ The Afternoon Meal (1771c.) is a wonderful example of his skill at painting still life, especially of food. The original title La Merienda], indicates that this is 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 a 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