Evaristo Baschenis was an Italian Baroque painter of the 17th century, active mainly around his native city of Bergamo. He was born to a family of artists and he is best known for still lifes, most commonly of musical instruments. This could explain his friendship with a family with notable violin makers from Cremona, still-life depiction were uncommon as a thematic among Italian painters prior to the 17th century. For Arcimboldo, the artifice is everything, for Baschenis, the items, man-made musical instruments, have a purpose, one source for his photographic style of still life could be Caravaggios early painting of peaches, or alternatively, Dutch paintings. The most faithful imitator of his style is a younger contemporary Bergamese, Baschenis is a contemporary of the Bergamese portrait artist, Carlo Ceresa, and appears to have been influential for the Modenese artist Cristoforo Munari. Penguin Books, Pelican History of Art
Musical Instruments on a Table.
Image: Baschenis, Evaristo ~ Still Life with Musical Instruments, undated, oil on canvas, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan
Image: Baschenis, Evaristo, Studio of ~ Still Life with Musical Instruments, undated, oil on canvas, Wallraf Richartz Museum, Cologne
Image: Baschenis, Evaristo ~ Still Life of Musical Instruments, 1650, oil on canvas, Pinacoteca dell'Accademia Carrara, Bergamo