About this artwork

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.

  • title:
    The Cook
  • accession number:
    NG 2767
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    About 1630 - 1640
  • measurements:
    174.60 x 160.00 cm (framed: 202.40 x 191.40 x 12.30 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund 2004
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Bernardo Strozzi

Bernardo Strozzi