(b. 1667, Reggio Emilia, d. 1720, Pisa)
Still-Life with Musical Instruments1706-15
Oil on canvas
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
Cristoforo Munari became famous in Rome because of his still-lifes, with their varied, carefully chosen subjects, often described with a fine, crystalline light. His iconography has its roots in Emilian painting, with generous space given to musical instruments and sheet music, mingled freely with fruits and domestic utensils, the whole sometimes enlivened by an animal presence.