Flower Still Life
ca. 1700
28" x 23"
Framed: 35" x 30"
Painting, Oil on canvas
Region: Italy
The tradition of still life painting has been around since antiquity, and example of this form of paintings can be found in almost every culture. The popularity of still life is immense, making it very hardto understand why many through out the history of art have excluded it from the category of high arts.

During the Baroque period, masters of still life from Italy, France, Flanders, Holland and Spain painted still life scenes of fruit, flower pieces, musical instruments, fish and game, and vessels used in the household. These objects were painted “not only painted with the utmost realism but with all the dedication and seriousness that had once been reserved for the human form.”