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Among those who painted in the technique of realism, who professed the high ideals of classicism, it was considered not the best tone to portray the world in all its dirt. The fact that there is dirt in it was considered a well-known fact and not requiring sealing. They tried to capture the most sublime and ideal moments, which were worth it to convey them to the descendant.
The more surprising is the choice of Caravaggio, who portrayed a boy servant peeling rotten fruits. The boy has a white shirt, he is depicted with very soft, smooth lines. His chest is hairless, his face is quite young - his hands are rude, he could not become a violinist. The hair is slightly curly, the skin is cast with honey and bronze. In front of the boy on the table are peaches. Two of them are beautiful, full, full of sun.
The rest do not look so perfect - they wrinkled and turned black, must have been lying for too long or were gathered from under the tree, after the general harvest. Holding a knife in his hand, the boy cleans the rot from them, and does it so deftly that beautiful spiral rings of peeled skin are obtained.
It is evident that he is not accustomed to work, but so far it requires full concentration from him. The boy looks at his hands, monitors the movement of the knife, and looks completely absorbed in his occupation.
What is going on in his head is hard to say.
Maybe he represents the beautiful princess who was hidden in the tower by a terrible dragon, whom he, a mighty knight, can plunge. Maybe she’s thinking that today a pie will be made from these peaches and he can get a piece or jam, and she can try a little before they hide it in jars. Or maybe he doesn’t think about anything at all, just enjoying a warm day and his usual quiet occupation.
Against a dark background, his skin almost glows.