"Still life with fruits, vegetables, flowers and 2 lizards
Description of the picture:
Still Life with Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers and 2 Lizards – Still Life Master from Hartford. Until 1607. Oil on canvas. 105×184
The Italian painter, whose brush this painting belongs to, is conditionally named by the still life lying in Hartford. His true name is incomprehensible, but judging by the works attributed to the painter, he was close to Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio: this work was found among those seized from Giuseppe Cesari, cavalier d’Arpino, in whose workshop he worked at one time. An unknown creator borrowed a technique from Caravaggio when the light grabs the image from the twilight, and the zeal realistically convey the whole filling picture.
The fruits on the table are laid out so that any of them is clearly visible. There is no center in the composition: a vase with flowers and a fruit basket can play its role. Everything is fundamental here: cabbage forks, onions, lemon, grapes, zucchini, apples, pears, leeks, pomegranates and more. Each fruit has its own symbolism: an apple recalls the fall of Adam and Eve, a lemon – that an acidic essence is hidden under a catchy shell of pleasures, grapes – about the sacrament of the Eucharist, a rose – a flower of our Lady, the Queen of Heaven, pomegranate – a sign of the resurrection of Christ.
But first, the picture reflects the abundance of earthly gifts. The image in this still life of lizards not only brings animation to the composition, but also hints, most likely, that nature withers and is reborn, like a lizard grows a new tail to replace the lost one."