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This still life was painted around 1599, a few years after Caravaggio moved from Milan to Rome, on a rather disturbed and challenging period of his life. It is said that when Caravaggio got to Rome, he barely had clothes, had no place to stay or any provisions to get around. Not long after his arrival, in 1592, he started working for the wealth Giuseppe Cesari where he would paint flowers and fruit, establishing himself as a proper artist. He stayed with Cesari for three years, and after a severe disease he left the artist’s house and started connecting to some important names like Prospero Orsi and Onorio Longhi.
This piece of work comes from these formative years when Caravaggio was doing some experiments with color and light before he developed an increasingly dramatic style and started making more use of contrast and chiaroscuro. At first sight, this might look like no more than a realistic study of still life. But if we attend to the details on the piece, we will see more than just fruits on a perfectly lightened basket. The main character in this piece is a bicolor apple that has two very visible and realistic holes made by larva. The leaves of the grapes and the branch over the peach are old and rotting. Everything is getting old and dying, and this is how a mere still life might represent something as profound as the decaying of society and fading of beauty.
The basket is placed right in the middle, so the layout is very symmetric. The color palette is warm and natural. The whole painting has a vast empty yellow background that contributes to the feeling of degeneration and loneliness. The realism and perfection of the basket and the fruits are impressive. The basket was painted with beautiful straw details and is filled with apples, grapes, pears, figs, a lime, some cherries, and a peach. All the fruits are portrayed in great detail. There are three different variety of grapes. Every fruit seen has some unexpected details. During a period where artists were trying to evoke perfection and the divine, this painting shows us bumps and imperfections on the skin of the fruits, holes on its leaves, some dark spots, and rotting grapes.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Still Life with a Basket of Fruit, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Still Life with a Basket of Fruit that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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