43 | a History of Still Life

43 | a History of Still Life

In this episode, Erin and I discuss another art history classic. If you only think of flowers and fruit when you think of still life you’ve only heard the basics. We look back to ancient still lifes, follow them through their heyday in the 17th century Europe, and then examine how they’ve evolved into modern times.

Cover image - Jan Davidsz de Heem, Still Life with Ham, Lobster and Fruit, c. 1653. Photo via Wikimedia Commons



17th Century Dutch Golden Age

Modern Still Lifes


Links / articles mentioned

Julia Wolkoff - In Dutch Still Lifes, Dark Secrets Hide beneath Exotic Delicacies - Artsy

Margit Rowell - Objects of Desire: the modern still life - MoMA

Still life in art - Head for Art

Cath Pound - Secret symbols in still-life painting - BBC

Maria Zinser - A Very Brief History of Still Life - Sotheby’s

Michael Petry - The 10 best contemporary still lifes - the Guardian

Walter Liedtke - Still-Life Painting in Northern Europe, 1600-1800 - The MET

Zuzanna Stanska - A Small Guide to Still Life Symbols (Part 1) & (Part 2) - Daily Art Magazine


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42 | Exhibit Revisit - Degenerate Art

42 | Exhibit Revisit - Degenerate Art