A-Level: Baroque still life or genre painting

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Antoine or Louis Le Nain, <em>Peasant Family in an Interior</em>
Antoine or Louis Le Nain, Peasant Family in an Interior

This somber image elevates the simple life and pares down painting to just light and line.

Diego Velázquez, <em>The Waterseller of Seville</em>
Diego Velázquez, The Waterseller of Seville

Combining earthtones with dramatic lighting, Velázquez meticulously renders a waterseller’s world.

Juan Sanchez Cotán, <em>Quince, Cabbage, Melon and Cucumber</em>
Juan Sanchez Cotán, Quince, Cabbage, Melon and Cucumber

Whichever way you slice it, that’s one inscrutable melon. Does it symbolize geometry, astronomy, or empire?