SPADINO, Bartolomeo
(b. 1696, Roma, d. 1738, Roma)

Still-Life with Fruit and Roses

Oil on canvas, 69 x 94 cm
Private collection

The few known works by Bartolomeo contain the same repertoire, gleaming with colour and liveliness: an assortment of fruits and roses on branches bristling with thorns, mingled together on the ground or on a rough-hewn rocky ledge. A typical element is the use of opposite colours on the same fruit: greens or violets with reds, and ubiquitous touches of white that make those in the foreground sparkle. Vine branches serve as a backdrop to this front-stage exhibition of fruit, while the background has a few glimpses of a dark blue sky.