Fruit Basket by Baltazar van der Ast

Fruit Basket by Baltazar van der Ast

As a rule, Italian and French still lifes in the 17th century still tend to strictly objective description of actual phenomena. The Dutch were still in the tradition of “disguised symbols.”

The “fruit basket” of Baltazar van der Asta, for example, contains many symbols to show that he is concerned about what is happening around him.

The presence of defects and wormholes, butterflies, dragonflies and flies – is very unusual for still lifes. If you pretend that here apples symbolize victory over sin, and insects and lizards often associated with evil, then this ordinary plot – a lizard chewing apple, dropped out of the basket, turns into a scene of the struggle between good and evil.

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