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Painting
Jan Jansz. Treck
1648
Jan Jansz. Treck: 'Vanitas Still Life'
Glossary
Vanitas is the Latin for vanity, in the sense of emptiness or a worthless action. 'Vanity of Vanities, saith the preacher, all is vanity' (Ecclesiastes 12: 8). The implication of these words from the Old Testament is that all human action is trans...
Painting
Frans Hals
1626-8
Frans Hals: 'Young Man holding a Skull (Vanitas)'
Artist
1612 - 1656
Location
Dutch Flower Painting
Detail from Bosschaert: 'A Still Life of Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase', 1609-10
Painting
Harmen Steenwyck
about 1640
Harmen Steenwyck: 'Still Life: An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life'
Painting
François Bonvin
1876
François Bonvin: 'Still Life with Book, Papers and Inkwell'
Painting
Godfried Schalcken
1660s
Godfried Schalcken: 'An Old Woman scouring a Pot'
Glossary
Painters and writers have often reflected on the transient nature of human life. Human mortality is often contrasted with the everlasting nature of the truths of religion. Pictorially, artists express this notion of transience by using symbolic...
Painting
Italian
17th century
Italian: 'A Dead Soldier'
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