Canestra di Frutta

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This photograph takes its inspiration from a painting by Caravaggio.

The original, Canestra di Frutta (Basket of Fruit), is one of the first still life paintings. It was painted in about 1599 by the Italian Baroque master Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. It hangs in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana (Ambrosian Library), Milan.

Bodegón

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Photograph in the style of the painter Juan Sánchez Cotán (1560 – 1627).

Cotán’s still lifes are called bodegones, in Spanish art, a bodegón being a still life painting depicting pantry items.

The very dark background is intended to impart a sense of depth with the light enhancing the textures and surfaces but still without illuminating the background. Thus the ‘pantry’ container serves as a kind of stage and the fruit and vegetables the spotlit players.