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A still life (plural still lifes) is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, flowers, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, and so on) in an artificial setting.

With origins in ancient times and most popular in Western art since the 17th century, still life paintings give the artist more leeway in the arrangement of design elements within a composition than do paintings of other types of subjects such as landscape or portraiture. Still life paintings, particularly before 1700, often contained religious and allegorical symbolism relating to the objects depicted. Some modern still life breaks the two-dimensional barrier and employs three-dimensional mixed media, and uses found objects, photography, computer graphics, as well as video and sound.

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Board with Lincoln Photograph - John Frederick Peto - www.still-life-art.org
Board with Lincoln Photograph
John Frederick Peto
Geraniums in a China Jug, 1875 - Hector Caffieri - www.still-life-art.org
Geraniums in a China Jug, 1875
Hector Caffieri
Mushrooms - Jan Fyt - www.still-life-art.org
Mushrooms
Jan Fyt
A vanitas still life with a candle, an inkwell, a quill... - Michael Konrad Hirt - www.still-life-art.org
A vanitas still life with a candle, an inkwell, a quill...
Michael Konrad Hirt
A Still Life of Roses, Tulips and other Flowers on... - Jean-Baptiste Robie - www.still-life-art.org
A Still Life of Roses, Tulips and other Flowers on...
Jean-Baptiste Robie
The Moneylender and his Wife (detail-2) 1514 - Quinten Metsys - www.still-life-art.org
The Moneylender and his Wife (detail-2) 1514
Quinten Metsys
Study Of Drapery 1508 Drawing - Albrecht Durer - www.still-life-art.org
Study Of Drapery 1508 Drawing
Albrecht Durer
Elaborate still life with fruits, vegetables, a salver... - Peeter Boel - www.still-life-art.org
Elaborate still life with fruits, vegetables, a salver...
Peeter Boel
A Basket of Strawberries, Cherries, a Butterfly and... - Eloise Harriet Stannard - www.still-life-art.org
A Basket of Strawberries, Cherries, a Butterfly and...
Eloise Harriet Stannard
Beer Tankards - Vincent Van Gogh - www.still-life-art.org
Beer Tankards
Vincent Van Gogh
Cartoon of The Civil Rights Bill - Thomas Nast - www.still-life-art.org
Cartoon of The Civil Rights Bill
Thomas Nast
Martyrdom of St. Lawrence - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.still-life-art.org
Martyrdom of St. Lawrence
Tiziano Vecellio (Titian)
Still Life With Skull And Candlestick - Paul Cezanne - www.still-life-art.org
Still Life With Skull And Candlestick
Paul Cezanne
Aboriginal Flowers - Margaret Preston - www.still-life-art.org
Aboriginal Flowers
Margaret Preston
Bowl With Peonies And Roses - Vincent Van Gogh - www.still-life-art.org
Bowl With Peonies And Roses
Vincent Van Gogh
A Still Life of Black Grapes, a Peach, a Plum, Hazelnuts... - Edward Ladell - www.still-life-art.org
A Still Life of Black Grapes, a Peach, a Plum, Hazelnuts...
Edward Ladell
Vanitas Still-Life 1630 - Pieter Claesz. - www.still-life-art.org
Vanitas Still-Life 1630
Pieter Claesz.
Vanitas Still-Life - Barthel Bruyn - www.still-life-art.org
Vanitas Still-Life
Barthel Bruyn
Art Nouveau Shop Signs 1903 - E. Mulier - www.still-life-art.org
Art Nouveau Shop Signs 1903
E. Mulier
Vanitas Still Life with a Tulip, Skull and Hour-Glass - Philippe de Champaigne - www.still-life-art.org
Vanitas Still Life with a Tulip, Skull and Hour-Glass
Philippe de Champaigne
Little Pierrots - Tadeusz Makowski - www.still-life-art.org
Little Pierrots
Tadeusz Makowski
Interior view of Somerset House showing an exhibition... - Johann Heinrich Ramberg - www.still-life-art.org
Interior view of Somerset House showing an exhibition...
Johann Heinrich Ramberg
Still Life with Ink Bottle, Book and Letter - William Michael Harnett - www.still-life-art.org
Still Life with Ink Bottle, Book and Letter
William Michael Harnett
The Kings Closet, Windsor Castle, from Royal Residences... - Charles Wild - www.still-life-art.org
The Kings Closet, Windsor Castle, from Royal Residences...
Charles Wild
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