Still Life with a Portrait
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An interesting phenomenon in Ukrainian art of the 18th century was still life. It was called "deception". Its task was to strive for the utmost illusiveness. The Olesko Castle contains three such still lifes: one of them is "Still Life with Portrait". The background of the still life reflects the texture of a freshly plucked wooden board. In the centre of the work, there are scallops, on the right-hand side there is a portrait of an unknown person and on the upper left, there is a sheet of folded paper with a fly crawling on it. At the bottom of the board is a nailed wooden shelf with maps and a vessel. The image has a clear composition and balance, although the things depicted are not connected thematically.