"Boy With a Basket of Fruit" by Caravaggio
Caravaggio’s “Boy with a Basket of Fruit” (c. 1593) depicts the painter’s alleged friend and lover, Mario Minniti, holding a fruit basket. Combining still life with portraiture, Caravaggio gives equal attention to both the boy and the fruits, rendering each with considerable delicacy. The fruits, in particular, are startlingly life-like – Caravaggio has brilliantly captured their different colors and textures, adding an almost tactile element to the work. “Boy with a Basket of Fruit” is featured at the Borghese Gallery in Rome, Italy.
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