A still life is a painting or drawing that represents everyday objects, such as fruits, vegetables, plates of food, kitchen utensils, etc. The term can also be used to describe a photograph or sculpture with the same subject matter. Still lifes are an artistic genre that has developed since the Middle Ages and was very popular in the Renaissance and Baroque times. Artists who specialize in this genre often focus on the detailed and realistic rendering of objects and creating a sense of order and harmony in the composition. Still lifes can also be used as a medium to express symbolic or religious ideas.