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Description of the artwork by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio “Young man with a basket of fruit”


Michelangelo Caravaggio is an artist with Italian roots, educated in Milan. His famous painting “A Young Man with a Basket of Fruits” is his early work.

He wrote to her in 1593. It is interesting that Caravaggio liked to portray both the everyday life of people and biblical events. “A young man with a basket of fruits” is an image of just ordinary life.

On a canvas the size of 70 by 67 centimeters, the artist depicted a portrait of a young man in whose hands is a basket with ripe fresh fruit. The guy has dark, thick, curly hair. The pose of the young man is free enough, he hunched a little, bare his shoulder. He looks at us with a proud look. His mouth is ajar.

The artist devoted a lot of time to the fruit basket. In a wicker brown basket, Michelangelo Caravaggio placed clusters of grapes, red-green apples, ripe figs, peaches and other fruits.

The brightest fruits are apples, and the artist depicted the remaining fruits in neutral tones so that everything looks harmonious. After all, if Caravaggio took a lot of bright flowers, our attention would have gone only to fruit, then we would have forgotten about the main character.

There is no reliable information about who this young man was. Many believe that Caravaggio simply asked to pose for the first person he met. In general, Michelangelo Caravaggio is famous for depicting in his paintings the most ordinary people from the people.

The artist paid great attention to colors and light. In this picture, it is immediately clear that the light is falling on the left side. After all, the brightest spots are the left cheek and shoulder of a young man.

On the right side of the picture, on the contrary, shadows fall. The background of the picture is the most ordinary gray wall. The artist specially portrayed the guy in a normal room, and not in nature. So that the fruits do not merge with the natural environment.





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