Melendez, Luis (1716-1780) - 1771c. The Afternoon Meal (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City)
Oil on canvas; 105.4 x 153.7 cm.
Luis Egidio Meléndez (1716–1780) was a Spanish painter. Although he received little acclaim during his lifetime and died in poverty, Meléndez is recognized today as the greatest Spanish still-life painter of the 18th century. His mastery of composition and light, and his remarkable ability to convey the volume and texture of individual objects enabled him to transform the most mundane of kitchen fare into powerful images.