"Guy with a basket of fruits, Michelangelo Caravaggio
Description of the picture:
The guy with the fruit basket is Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. Around 1593-1594. Canvas, oil. 70×67
The painter, who had an impact on the whole of European painting, began with paintings marked with light colors and lyrical mood. In his youth, Caravaggio lived with a wealthy philanthropist, papal prelate Monsignor Pandolfo Pucci, and later with the painter cavalier d’Arpino, and painted heavy, handsome young men, sometimes playing music, sometimes holding flowers or fruits in their hands and looking at the viewer from under half-open eyelids . One of these characters is depicted on this canvas.
The painting contains the emotionality that marked similar canvases by the masters of the early period: a beautiful street boy took an excellent pose, slightly tilting his head back, lowering his shirt from the 1st shoulder and gently pressing the basket to himself. But if the person’s view is still idealized, then in the still life presented here the talent of the Caravaggio realist manifested itself, which soon declared itself in full swing. The painter skillfully painted not only velvety peach skin and glossy apples, but also black specks on the fruits and dried leaves."