• When the painting was originally made, was it named “Still life with copulating sparrows” at that time? Is translation getting rid of something important here?
  • Was this seen as normal, or did people have a new impression of Cornelis de Heem?
  • With so many traditional vanitas elements in the composition, what is this element supposed to mean? The language of these things is typically pretty set, so I don’t want to just riff coming up with an idea…
  • Are there other painters who’ve worked on this theme?
  • Dear God, why?
  • I guess it’s kind of subtle, considering?
  • Like the color harmony, it’s not going for shock value, but…
  • ???