MASTER of the Acquavella Still-Life
(active 1610-20 in Rome)

Still-Life with a Violinist

c. 1620
Oil on canvas, 83 x 118 cm
Private collection

A half-length figure of a violinist stands behind a table laden with a large basket filled to overflowing with luxuriant fruit, and a pile of melons (or pumpkins), pears, plums and apples. At the centre of the table are two recorders and a musical score, open towards the spectator. The musical score is a madrigal by Cipriano de Rore (1516-1565).

The painting is the work of two talented artists whose identities are as yet unknown. The violinist was probably executed by a figure painter, whereas the fruit was painted by a still-life specialist known provisionally as the Mater of the Acquavella Still-Life.