Nicolas de Largillière (Paris 1656-1746 Paris) Two bunches of grapes Panel, 24.5 x 34.5 cm; signed and dated 1677 Despite the simplicity of the motif, these bunches of grapes reflect the painter’s ambition in the early years of his career (this painting is one his first dated works). The allusion to the story, recorded by Pliny, of the artist Zeuxis, who painted such convincing grapes that birds tried to peck at them, would not have escaped the seventeenth-century viewer.
DOURO DENOMINACAO DE ORIGEM CONTROLADA, Portugal: is an outstanding example of a traditional European wine-producing region, reflecting the evolution of this human activity over time. Wine has been produced by traditional landholders in the Alto Douro region for two millennia. The long lines of continuous, regularly shaped terraces date mainly from the end of the 19th century when the Douro vineyards were rebuilt, following a Phylloxera attack.