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"Vanitas" Still Life  1665

by Adam Bernaert

The Dutch "vanitas" (Latin for vanity) still life brings together the prevailing moral tone and an appreciation of everyday objects: how vain and insignificant are human concerns, and, therefore, how important it is to turn to God. The term comes from the biblical Book of Ecclesiastes (1:2) "Vanity of vanities! All is vanity." These objects symbolize transitory human achie...
H: 16 3/4 x W: 22 5/16 in. (42.5 x 56.6 cm)
oil on panel
Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum

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