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the copper chocolate pot…

Still life with chocolate service {Bodegón: servicio de chocolate}, 1770, painted by Luis Meléndez {1715-1780} who was born in Naples and died in Madrid, a pauper, his paintings unappreciated, and owning only his pencils.

Among the enormous, Spanish paintings of royalty, religion, death and destruction at the Masterpieces from the Prado exhibition, it was this small portrait of a copper chocolate pot with its wooden whisk, pieces of cacao, bread and biscuits shaped like churros, a modest part of everyday life, that stopped me still the longest.

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