Featuring professor maria cristina terzaghi

currently on view
jan davidsz. de heem – a banquet still life

The Klesch Collection is delighted to announce the long-term loan of A Banquet Still Life by Jan Davidsz. de Heem to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles



De Heem painted this opulent piece when he settled back in Utrecht in the mid-1660s, after living in Antwerp for 25 years. It was at this time that he moved away from the looser Flemish Baroque style to a more polished technique with a greater affinity for detail, as demonstrated here. De Heem flaunts his technical virtuosity on a grand scale, elaborately depicting a contrasting play of textures, surfaces and colours, making this one of his finest and most important still lifes. Due to its considerable history and restitution provenance, the painting was on loan to the Centraal Museum in Utrecht for nearly 70 years, which makes it one of the most extensively researched and published still lifes by this master, featuring in twelve international exhibitions. With this long-term loan to the Getty Museum, The Klesch Collection is honoured to add to the painting’s rich history of being on public display.


Jan Davidsz. de Heem
(Utrecht 1606 – 1684 Antwerp)
A Banquet Still Life
oil on canvas

139.2 x 115.1 cm. (54.8 x 45.3 in.)
mid 1660s



currently on view
sebastiano del piombo – portrait of a warrior, said to be ippolito de’ medici
Francesco bassano the younger – christ on the road to calvary with the veil of saint veronica

The Klesch Collection is excited to share two of its paintings with the wider public as part of the exhibition Paintings on Stone: Science and the Sacred 1530-1800 at the Saint Louis Art Museum



Sebastiano del Piombo’s Portrait of a Warrior, said to be Ippolito de’ Medici and Francesco Bassano the Younger’s Christ on the Road to Calvary with the Veil of Saint Veronica, both painted on slate, are two of the more than 70 examples by 58 artists on 34 different stones brought together by curator Judith W. Mann. This exhibition is the first systematic examination of the European practice of painted portraits and sacred images on stone, exploring the concepts of beauty, inventiveness and meaning of this obscure support.


The exhibition runs until May 15, 2022.


Sebastiano del Piombo           (Venice 1485 – Rome 1547)              Portrait of a Warrior, said to be Ippolito de’ Medici                                                        oil on slate                                            47.5 x 35.8 cm. (18.7 x 14.1 in.)                1529-1534

Francesco Bassano the Younger (Bassano del Grappa 1549 – Venice 1592)  Christ on the Road to Calvary with the Veil of St Veronica                                                 oil with gold highlighting, on slate                  59.5 x 48.5 cm. (23.4 x 19.1 in.)                  ca. 1585-1590