Tag: still life

HGM81110 Vanitas, 1628 by Heda, Willem Claesz. (1594-1680); 45.5x69.5 cm; Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands; Dutch,  out of copyright
Art, History

Vanitas – symbols of death & decadence

Looking back at the ‘Memento Mori’ painting tradition, Vanitas is a macabre genre of symbolic still-life that prospered in the Netherlands in the early 17th century reminding the viewer of their mortality.  The word ‘vanitas’ is Latin for vanity, or ’emptiness’, and signifies the meaningless of earthly life. The purpose of Vanitas’ […]