(active in Carniola 2nd half 17th cent.)
Boy with a Turkey
(3rd qr. 17th cent.), oil, canvas, 155 x 151 cm
NG S 3100, National Gallery of Slovenia, Ljubljana
A boy sits before a reduced background in subdued tones. He is hugging a turkey with his left hand while reaching towards the ground for some food with his right hand, with wich he is feeding the bird. The scene is almost certainly unwinding in the yard of a farm house. In the background, a collapsing wooden cage or a hen house can be seen on the left, from which a hen's head is peeking, while a second black spotted hen sits on top of the cage. Behind the cage there is a part of a crumbling brick wall. From the sombre tones, in terms of colour, only the red of the turkey's head stands out, the boy's blue cardigan and a white shirt. In a Young Man with a Turkey the painter has an interesting manner reworked the famous painterly motif of pedantry personified with a man touching a hen ( hennetaster ). The young farmhand amuses himself in the painting with a totally useless task of feeding the turkey - for hens do not require human help in feeding, nor laying eggs - for this reason one could regard his preoccupation with such a task as a negative comment on idleness and giving in the vice of sloth.
Preservation: The painting was lined only along the edges, streched onto a new frame, protected with a protective coating and retouched once again.
Restored: 2001-2002, Kemal Selmanović
Provenance: The National Gallery of Slovenia bought the painting from the private collection in 2001.
Exibition: Almanach and the painting in the second half of the 17th century in Carniola, National Gallery 2005, Ljubljana; Summerized from the catalogue Almanach and the painting in the second half of the 17th century in Carniola, published by ZRC SAZU, 2006
Lit: ZERI 1983, P. 76 ( Almanach ); Cevc 1987, p. 44 ( Almanach ); ZERI, ROZMAN 1989, p. 54 ( Almanach ); Cevc 1989, p. 203, repr. p. 197 ( Almanach ); LUBEJ 1997a, p. 44 ( Almanach ); ZERI, ROZMAN 1997a, p. 144 ( Almanach ); ZERI, ROZMAN 2000, p. 146 ( Almanach ); TAVOLA 2000, pp. 110, 111, repr. 144 ( Almanach ); TAVOLA 2001, p. 183 ( Almanach ); BREŠČAK 2002, p.293 ( Almanach ); TAVOLA 2002, pp. 184, 191, repr. p. 186 ( Almanach ); Federico Cavalieri in Ritratto 2002, p. 260 ( Almanach ); MIHELJ 2003, p. 275 ( Almanach )