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Still life painting showing a skull, urn, coins and book

An extremely popular format in 16th and 17th century Europe

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Milan 1571-Port' Ercole 1610)

Boy Peeling Fruit c.1592-3

RCIN 402612

Cumberland Art Gallery, Presence Chamber, Hampton Court Palace

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Caravaggio’s skill at still-life painting was particularly praised by early biographers and he reputedly said that ‘good still-life painting required as much artistry as good figure painting’.