'A Basket of fruit' A painting by Caravaggio 1596. Why this painting is so important?


This painting has always meant so much to me and I was recently reminded of its powerful message. Whilst looking like just an ordinary painting of a basket of fruit. It is the first depiction of a still life by a western artist. It represents  a new chapter in art history at the time, nothing like this had ever been seen before; For the 1000 years preceding this moment; the only form of artistic representation was sponsored and dictated by religion or a monarchy. Indeed these were the only subjects permitted using art as a powerful vehicle to educate and subjugate the people into their way of thinking, into re-enforcing their story. Not until the reformation did artists dare to create a piece such as this with no sign of god whatsoever. He painted this when he was only 21 years old. The painting itself wants to be more than a painting; for him it is about life, death, resurrection, salvation and the doubt in him and in all mankind as to whether such a thing is ever attainable by mortal beings. For a man so full of doubt as the artist himself this was revolutionary in every way.

'Basket of fruit' by Caravaggio 1596 why is it so important

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