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A Vanitas Still-Life with a Skull, a Book and Roses
  • A Vanitas Still-Life with a Skull, a Book and Roses

    TitleA Vanitas Still-Life with a Skull, a Book and Roses
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on wood
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 23,2 x 34,6 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 42 x 54 x 6 cm
  • DatingMade ca 1630
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Dutch, born between 1606-04-15 and 1606-04-25, dead between 1683-10-14 and 1684-04-26
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Classificationpainting
  • Inventory No.NM 6842
  • AcquisitionPurchase 1989
  • Description
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    This painting is an allegory of the transience of life. It shows a number of objects symbolising the fleetingness of time and the vanity of all human ambition. As moral and religious metaphors, they exhort the viewer to observe moderation in worldly affairs and sensual pleasures. In depicting these objects, the artist is also showing off his skill at imitating reality – his painted roses admittedly spread no seductive fragrance, but nor will they ever wilt and die.