Let’s delve into the story of still lifes.
The term still life refers to a work of art that depicts inanimate objects such as flowers, or forms created by a person. These could include bouquets, fruit, dead game, glassware, or vessels. Still life as an independent subject dates back to ancient Egyptian tombs. It could also be found in some Roman frescoes made in antiquity. The genre became exceedingly popular during the 17th century in what is today Holland and Belgium. It is here that urbanization led to a greater focus on the home, personal possessions, and commerce. Concepts such as vanities and memento mori were often found in the paintings of the Baroque period, as both tackle themes of death and the fragility of life. This evolution of still life painting along with discussions of the work of some of the greatest still life painters such as Rachel Ruysch, Pieter Claesz, and Francisco de Zurbaran will be the focus of this docent-led talk.
Join us LIVE for our semi-monthly docent-led virtual talk inspired by the Timken Collection of European old masters, American art, and Russian icons. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 11:00 AM Pacific, we'll be bringing you these virtual art history discussions for FREE, no reservation required. You can join us live on Zoom or Facebook.
Note that you will be muted upon entry and that this talk is being recorded as well as live-streamed. Please save all questions for the end.
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