Willem Claeszoon Heda
Willem Claeszoon Heda (1594–1680), was a Dutch Baroque Era painter. Heda lived all his life in Haarlem, in the Netherlands. His paintings may be found in museums around the world like: the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the National Gallery, London.
While Heda painted several figure studies early in his career, he later concentrated exclusively on still lifes. Heda was the consummate master in depicting light reflected on smooth, shiny surfaces such as pewter, silver or brass candlesticks. He often depicted the same objects in different paintings, which became known as ‘banquets’ or ‘breakfasts’.