If looking for lunch, still life is a good place to start. In their famous seventeenth-century assemblages, the Dutch mastered the gleam of serving-ware, the jewel tones of fruit, and the glint of golden herring. Whether with buffets of vermilion lobster or more monochrome "breakfast pieces," the Dutch still life represents a proud, powerful, and well-fed people. Fish, beer, and cheese were major industries, while colonization brought new flora and fauna. Ham was so central to the Dutch diet that there is an entire genre, hammetjes, dedicated to its portrayal. Even bread was a patriotic choice; the Netherlands held stores of Baltic grain that ensured against the famine afflicting their neighbors. Here, Van Schooten makes simple choices in a time of plenty. Mussels were a low food, and he avoids the silver accoutrement of a more luxurious spread. But with evidence of cheese freshly sliced, and mussel shells strewn just so, there is still abundance and appetite. Private collection.