Basket of Fruit

Bartolomeo Cavarozzi Italian
or Master of the Acquavella Still Life

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 620

Caravaggio’s powerful still lifes from about 1600 probably inspired Cavarozzi to imagine such a bold composition against a monochrome background. Cavarozzi’s principal patron, Giovanni Battista Crescenzi, led an academy near the Pantheon that advocated the direct study of nature, evident here in, for example, the raking light on the grape leaves’ veins and insect bites on the large quince at center.

Basket of Fruit, Bartolomeo Cavarozzi (Italian, Viterbo 1587–1625 Rome), Oil on canvas

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