SFERINI, Carlo Leopoldo
(b. 1652, d. 1698, Verona)

Trompe-l'oeil Still-Life

Oil on canvas, 128 x 97 cm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

The present still-life with a painting, a drawing and painting tools displays clever illusionism, wit, and a characteristic northern attention to detail. Sferini combines one of the most widespread forms of trompe-l'oeil - known as the "studio wall," invented by Cornelius Gijsbrechts - with elements of another typical form of the genre, the "quodlibet" (Latin for "as it pleases"), or medley, that is an array of personal odds and ends, letters, book, without any apparent link in content or form.

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