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Still Life with Musical Instruments, Evaristo Baskenis, 1650

Still Life with Musical Instruments, Evaristo Baskenis, 1650

Still life with musical instruments - Evaristo Baskenis. 115x160

Baskenis is one of the most mysterious Italian artists of the Baroque era. Changing composition, light, color, a set of tools that surround the interior, the author seemed to be trying to defeat music by painting means, to prove the superiority of fine art.

With all the diversity, the instrumental still lifes remain unchanged by the presence in the composition of a black traveling box with writing instruments, a pen, notes, and the absence of strings on the depicted lutes, violas, and cellos.

The work, housed in the halls of the Carrara Academy, is written easily and elegantly. There is a lot of light and air. A simple, neutral background, devoid of all details and color diversity, focuses the attention of the public on the assembled instruments. Pink ribbons on the head of the lute neck and the tip of the bow add to the work of baroque splendor, although playing with such ribbons is uncomfortable, but simply impossible.

Surprising is the lack of strings on the instruments. No less mysterious is the black box with a musical score.

There is no music. She has not yet been born. It exists only on the pages covered with notes, no one hears it. Instruments are devoid of strings, they are silent. But all the details of the still life, collected in one composition, give rise to other music in the imagination of the viewer. This is the music of color, light, confident strokes and elusive coloring.

Instrumental still lifes of Baskenis can be seen in many museums and galleries in the world. The most famous are in the Carrara Academy, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the La Scala Theater Museum.


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