Looking closely at ‘Still Life with Drinking-Horn’
by Willem Kalf ignited children’s curiosity. Following
their lines of enquiry took them in myriad directions.
This display shows examples of creative investigations
that transformed the painting from a two-dimensional object
to a three-dimensional experience for children in the
Willem Kalf’s painting shows a collection of objects,
chosen for their magnificent colour and texture. A contemporary
viewer would have recognised these objects as expensive
luxury items, which only the wealthy would have been able
The drinking horn, which still survives, was made of a
single buffalo horn set into a silver mount. It features
Saint Sebastian, patron saint of archers who was bound
to a tree as a target for two Roman soldiers. The horn
suggests that the painting may have been commissioned
by a member of the Amsterdam Archers' Guild.
Over 1,000 teachers came to the National Gallery to learn
about the painting and the Take One Picture approach.
At least 46,500 children and their families were
involved in the project.
The smallest school
represented in the display has just 16 children on roll;
the largest has 678.
The furthest school is
6,899 miles from the National Gallery; the closest is
4 miles away.