Bancketje (Banquet)

Copied Beth Lipman, Bancketje (Banquet), 2003, glass, oak, oil and mixed media, 7224033 in. (182.9609.683.8 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance, 2007.21

Artwork Details

Bancketje (Banquet)
Not on view
7224033 in. (182.9609.683.8 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of the James Renwick Alliance
Mediums Description
glass, oak, oil and mixed media
Object Number

Artwork Description

Beth Lipman's tour-de-force glass sculpture Bancketje (2003) is a twenty-foot-long oak table laden with 400 blown and lampworked glass objects. This piece captures the visual sumptuousness and excess of a feast like the ones depicted in seventeenth-century Dutch still-life paintings called "bancketje." Like these elaborate scenes, Lipman's half-eaten morsels, overturned goblets and snuffed candles symbolically depict the transience of life. By rendering the scene in transparent glass and skillfully blending the various components, Lipman demands that the piece be seen as a whole, not an assemblage of individual objects.

Beth Lipman is renowned for her sculptural compositions which re-interpret Renaissance and Baroque still-life paintings from Holland, Flanders, and Italy, as well as from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America. Lipman takes elements from these paintings—static composition, expressive light and opulent decoration—and translates the scenes into three dimensions.

Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2007