The Cook by Bernardo Strozzi

Depicts woman seated at table, plucking feathers from a swan laying across her lap.


Oil on canvas
174.6 x 160 cm
Art Fund grant:
£75,000 ( Total: £465,000)
Acquired in:
Hall & Knight Ltd, USA

Other game hangs from the ceiling and lies next to her on the floor. The only known variant of one of the seminal genre pictures of the seventeenth century, Strozzi's 'Cuoca' (Cook) in the collection of the Palazzo Rosso, Genoa.


Lelio Orsi, Palma, 1690 (?); Simone Boscoli (?); Christie's New York 1993; private collection, USA; Hall & Knight Ltd, USA.

Venue details

Scottish National Gallery The Mound, EDINBURGH Edinburgh EH2 2EL 0131 624 6200

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