During the 16th and early 17th century, Caravaggio invigorated still life painting across Italy with a degree of naturalism and detail never before seen, creating lustrously life-like fruits and flowers arranged in dynamic, considered compositions. So powerful was mercurial artist’s influence that an entire generation of artists throughout Italy and Europe came to be called the Caravaggisti. A visual feast of such still lifes are offered at no reserve in Sotheby’s upcoming auction Master Paintings (22 May, New York). For the stories behind ten of these works, click ahead.
22 May New York