Fede Galizia: beyond still lifes

Still lifes by Fede Galizia (1578-1630) – described by the great art critic, Roberto Longhi as, “precise, yet somewhat afflicted” – make up only a small part of her artistic activity.

The daughter of a miniaturist and portrait painter who had moved from Trento to Milan in the 1570s, Galizia started painting at the young age of twelve in her father’s workshop. She was inspired by Lombard Naturalism and by Emilia’s Late Mannerism, as well as by Leonardo and Correggio, of whom she copied a few works.

She is attributed various portraits as well as paintings revolving around traditional subjects, such as a few “Judiths”, a “Christ Carrying the Cross”, and one “Doubting of Saint Thomas”.

However, she is mostly known for her still lifes: her “precise”, and “afflicted” representations of jasmine flowers, peaches, pears, and grapes, peaking into light from the darkness.

Photos via:
http://www.atlantedellarteitaliana.it

Fede Galizia, natura morta - still life

"Cake stand with pears", 17th century

Galizia Fede, matura morta - still life

"Apples, basket with chestnuts and rabbit", 17th century

Galizia Fede, natura morta - still life

"Crystal cake stand with peaches and apples", 17th century

Galizia Fede, natura morta

"Cake stand with peaches, jasmine flowers, quinces and a grasshopper", 17th century

Galizia Fede, natura morta - still life

"Ceramic basket with grapes, plums, and pears", 17th century

Galizia Fede, natura morta - still life

"Cake rise with plums, pears, and a rose", c. 1602

Galizia Fede, natura morta - still life

"Cake stand with fruit", 17th century

Galizia Fede, natura morta - still life

"Silver cake stand with cherries and a butterfly", 17th century

Galizia Fede, natura morta - still life

"Cake stand with fruit, flowers, and a parrot", 17th century

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