With this painting of a basket of fruit, Caravaggio revived a genre lost since antiquity. Still life. With exquisite detail he painted what he saw before him.
The bad boy of art started a revival that gained momentum throughout Europe, especially in Holland a century later with the Dutch Masters and it continues today. Perhaps the epitome of its status and level of possibility was revealed in Cezanne’s famous comment ‘I will astonish Paris with an apple’…!