One of the many challenges that an Art History major must face is the idea of reality. How realistic is a painting? What is the perspective? How do the objects relate to one another?
For a class project I recreated a Dutch 17th century still-life, complete with symbolism, shadowing, and computer manipulation. What I found is that it is impossible to recreate an actual still-life: they are both unrealistic and very very imaginative, and although they look do-able, actually making one is quite the task!
I spent about $50 making the project- the tulips and the pomengranate cost me an arm and a leg. To actually balance everything, I pinned some tulips together and stuck some of the grapes together so they would look just so. It took me about an hour to assemble, and all those still-lifes where there is a peeled lemon- well, I beg your pardon, but I found it an insurmountable challenge to peel a lemon. Instead, I just cut mine in half.
Luckily, my professor called my recreation “glorious”. Phew!
Still Life with Fruit, Flowers, Glasses and Lobster, Jan Davidsz de Heem
Still Life with a Mouse, Abraham van Beyeren
Still Life Recration, Me!