Of this particular genre of painting there is a certain element of pathos which should be understood. There is a touch of sadness to be found in a still life. Here is a painting showing no action or event taking place; rather it pictures an inanimate, quiet, and often lifeless world. There are almost never any people in the paintings. The scene is set in a lonely room, often dark and often obscured from full view. How far back the room goes we do not know; we don't even know where we are, really. Dreamy, cloudy, and almost mystical, it is no wonder that Baroque still lifes generated a symbolic connection with religious paintings. This period and genre of art could fill an entire life's work of study and research—and a very interesting study that would be—but we will stop here to move on.