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About Still Life Art

Still life drawings and paintings often decorated the tombs of ancient Egyptians. Food, jewelry and other possessions in the artworks represented items the Egyptians believed were going with the deceased into the afterlife.

The ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. preserved many early Roman still life fresco paintings. These still lifes represent items that were part of everyday Roman life. "Still Life with Peaches," painted around 50 A.D., is one of the first known examples of three-dimensional still-life painting. The work was unearthed in the ancient ruins of the city of Herculaneum, in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. It is now part of the collection at the Museo Nazionale Arcologico in Naples, Italy.

In the Middle Ages, the subject of most art depicted scenes and characters from the Bible. Painters began to arrange symbolic objects in their depictions of biblical scenes. Still life motifs occur fairly frequently in manuscripts, books of hours and panel paintings of the 1400s and 1500s," says Walter Leidtke of the Department of European Painting at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

All of the objects in these early paintings symbolize moral or religious meanings. The lily, for example, represents the purity of the Virgin Mary, Leidtke says, and a pocket watch symbolizes "the fleeting nature of earthly pleasures." In the late 1500s, artists began painting these intimate symbolic objects independently without the biblical scenes. The still life artwork remained less important than works with religious content.


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