In a city where breakfast means little more than a brioche and a coffee, “breakfast scene” paintings have been popular for centuries. The Medici love for still life gave value to a genre that was originally at the bottom of the painting pyramid. Works that focused on food and flowers were cheap to produce and before the Medici championed them as works of aesthetic pleasure and scientific knowledge, they could be sold in open marketplaces for minimal sums. (Many experts trace the abundance of female Golden Age flower painters to this very reason.) Gracefully painted breakfast scenes with ripe or over-ripe fruit and sometimes wilting flowers often cost less than a fresh-cut bouquet. Interestingly, the genre term “still life” was coined in the Netherlands in 1650, while Italians still use the term “dead nature” or natura morta.