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.