Boy with a Basket of Fruit
Caravaggio did not idealize his paintings. The fruits and leaves on the basket are so realistic that a horticulturalist was able to identify the individual cultivars in the painting. The imperfections such as insect damage and disease symptoms on the leaves are also noticeable in the painting.
Caravaggio might be attempting to recreate lost paintings from the ancient world. The Roman author Pliny the Elder described a painting of grapes by the Greek artist Zeuxis which were so realistic that birds tried to peck them.
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Boy with a Basket of Fruit was completed when Caravaggio was new to Rome and was relatively unknown as a painter. The painting features his friend Mario Minniti holding a basket of fruit. The painting was seized by Cardinal Scipione Borghese from Giuseppe Cesari, the Cavaliere d’Arpino in 1607. The painting is currently at the The Borghese Gallery in Rome.
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