The Cook

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The Cook about 1620

On Display Scottish National Gallery

This recently rediscovered painting is Strozzi’s second version of 'La Cuoca' (The Cook) in the Palazzo Rosso, Genoa. This was one of the seminal genre pictures of the seventeenth-century. These paintings were from a group of genre subjects that Strozzi painted in the 1620s. The depiction of scenes from everyday life was relatively new in Italian painting, and Strozzi’s portrayals of servants, shepherds and rustic musicians are amongst the most memorable and novel contributions to this new genre. The Genoa picture has a cauldron boiling on the fire on the left. This painting has traces of a cauldron now showing through the surface paint, indicating that Strozzi had originally intended to include one but omitted it from his final design.

Glossary Open


A French term that denotes different types of paintings, such as landscape, portrait or still life. The phrase ‘genre painting’ is used specifically to describe works depicting everyday scenes.



  • Acc. No. NG 2767
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 174.60 x 160.00 cm (framed: 202 x 191 x 10.2cm)
  • Credit Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund 2004