These always featured Princess Margaret or some royal duke standing glumly to attention next to a beplumed
outgoing governor, as a military band played and the Union Flag was hauled down for the last time.
We then have the entry of the new President from behind the assembled corps diplomatique and beplumed
guard of honour (down a fireman's pole, what's more, creating a sense of spatial disorientation like that given by the weirdest of Mannerist paintings).
Whether or not Caravaggio believed that in terms of sheer painterly engagement baskets of fruit and musical instruments required "as much workmanship" as any other part of a picture, the still lifes that he painted with such inventiveness and virtuosity are usually subservient in his canvases to the androgynous youths, beplumed
bravi, and ambiguous saints who enact his tense dramas--which is to be expected in an era when an artist was judged by his ability to paint large-scale figures.