Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill  1628

by Pieter Claesz

This is one of the earliest dated still lifes by Claesz, a Haarlem painter who gave extraordinary presence to familiar things. Here a skull, an overturned glass roemer with its fleeting reflections, an expired lamp, and the attributes of a writer suggest that worldly efforts are ultimately in vain. (Source: [url=]The Me...
9 1/2 x 14 1/8 in. (24.1 x 35.9 cm)
Oil on wood
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art