Still life Painting - A tribute to Pieter Claesz and baroque still life painting

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Nuts - A tribute to Pieter Claesz and baroque still life painting
Still life - Pieter Claesz Heda and baroque still life painting

Baroque still life painting

Paintings of still lifes became highly popular in the Netherlands of the 17th century. Flowers, prepared food or an arrangement of shells, musical or technical instruments were the then common subjects of still lifes, which often had a religious message, too. In the Dutch reformed Protestant church the depiction of religious subjects - like in the great figurative paintings from Italy and Spain - was forbidden. In still lifes the precious fruit and flowers decay quickly, candles burn down and drinking glasses get empty. The religious message was 'carpe diem' (make good use of every day) and 'memento mori' (remember that the end is near and live accordingly). The effect of light and shadow, the reflections in silverware and glasses, the folds of table cloth and napkins often were of a photo realist precision. 'Nuts' is a tribute to Pieter Claesz, a still life painter of the 17th century.

Famous artists of baroque still life

Pieter Claesz, Willem Claesz - Heda, Francisco de Zurbaran, Jan Davidsz de Heem

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