The still life emerged in Naples as a genre in its own right around 1600, and flourished from the mid-1620s onwards. Giuseppe Ruoppolo belonged to one of the leading families of still life painters in Naples. He was the nephew of Giovanni Battista Ruoppolo, whose work can also be seen in this collection (numbers 28 and 38). The strong light source against a dark background sets off the luscious grapes, peaches and jasmine flowers, and illustrates the lasting influence of Caravaggio (1571-1610) on Neapolitan artists of the time.
Giuseppe Ruoppolo Still Life with Fruit and Mushrooms about 1700 © Compton Verney