Still Life paintings are ancient!  They were being used thousands of years ago for religious purposes to adorn the interior of tombs in Egypt, or in Greek and Roman homes for decorative ones with the intent of depicting the celebration of the seasons, of the five senses, of hospitality and of life. The English term derives from still even: still life, while Romance languages, as well as Greek, Polish, Russian and Turkish, tend to use terms meaning dead nature. In fact, the Tate Museum glossary puts it very bluntly, defining a still life as “anything that does not move or is dead”.Read more

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