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Eye Candy for Today: Caravaggio’s basket of fruit

Basket of Fruit, Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio)
Basket of Fruit, Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio)

Image on Wikimedia Commons, with an article about the painting on Wikipedia. The original is in the Biblioteca Pinacoteca Academia Ambrosiana, Milan (not much in the way of info or images).

This striking still life by the 16th century Italian master is in contention for being the first “pure” still iife, in the sense of the subject having been painted for its own sake, rather than as religious allegory.

Whether that’s the case or not, it’s a striking example of still life, stunning to this day, with its odd composition, appealing color and masterful rendering by an artist we usually think of as a painter of the human face and figure.

It’s interesting to compare this with Caravaggio’s other famous, but more elaborate still life: Still Life With Fruit, for which I’ve been unable to find a large image.

For more, see my post on Caravaggio.

Basket of Fruit, Wikimedia Commons



2 responses to “Eye Candy for Today: Caravaggio’s basket of fruit”

  1. I have always enjoyed Cristobal Vita’s rendition of Caravaggio’s basket of fruit.

    I can not look at this work without thinking of both artists now. Clearly they both have a passion.

    Thanks Charlie. Cheers and I hope you have a great new year in 2015.

    1. Thanks, Mike.
      Cool. I’ve seen a few CGI recreations of famous artworks, but this is one of the best.