These works are meant to highlight the fragility and transience of human life, depicting versions of mortality, as well as emphasise the emptiness and meaninglessness of worldly possessions. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Roses & The Madonna in a Symbolic Garden, Picasso and Women, Part Two: Death Comes Calling. Perhaps his quip is better than the prior generations of art and artists artistic renderings on Death and vanity. All Blues: Impressionism or Gentle Realism? Willem Kalf, Still Life with a Late Ming Ginger Jar, 1669. Pieter Claesz’s (1597-1660) Vanitas Still Life is a vanitas (vanity) painting, a type of painting that is often associated with still lifes from Flander and Netherland during the 16 th and 17 th centuries. Did King Richard III Want To Marry His Own Niece, Elizabeth of York? Positive Letters .... inspirational stories .... Steve McQueen – Small Axe anthology film series #1: “The Mangrove Nine” …, Crime Fiction: Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz, Antique Chinese Silver Retractable Ear-Curette & Toothpick Pendant, Great Blizzard of 1888: The Great White Hurricane, Ravenna: Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe, Lorenzo Lotto: Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine. Vanitas are closely related to memento mori still lifes which are artworks that remind the viewer of the shortnes and fragility of life (memento mori is a Latin phrase meaning ‘remember you must die’) and include symbols such as skulls and extinguished candles. Warhol, paints and portrays the essence of death economically, but with the whirlwind of color, outlining, angles and shadows making the traditional genre new, fresh and modernly relevant. Vanitas, Campbell Soup Cans and the Art of Still-lifes, The traditional vanitas still lifes were first developed in Europe as the art movement moved from Christian subjects to the paintings that poetically and metaphorically depict the transient nature of life, echoing Ecclesiastes 1, “All is Vainty: Vanity of vainty, says the Preacher, vainty of vanities! Vanitas and The Still Life Still Life with Skull and Writing Quill by Pieter Clesz, 1628, via The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Vanitas is a variety of the still-life form. Kalf also displays his splendid artistic skills in the delicate designs of the glassware, the jar, and the floral carpet. 1958), Christian Boltanski (French, b. Historically in art, the human skull represented the theme “vanitas” knows as mortality or the shortness of life. Perhaps his quip is better than the prior generations of art and artists artistic renderings on Death and vanity. ( Log Out /  Aurora can be reached at to discuss Warhol, his works and Revolver Gallery’s Warhol holdings and recent acquisitions. Roman Vishniac's art photography exhibition of Berlin and eastern Europe, Battles in the bush - David Drummond and the rise of the Progressive Party, Charles I's Executioners Civil War, Regicide and the Republic by James Hobson, Bitter Seeds By Ian Tregillis. In this painting, Pieter Claesz, a German-born painter based in Haarlem, depicts human mortality with a skull and bone. He is foremost among the still-life painters. Vanitas, found in many recent pieces, is a style of painting begun in the 17th Century by Dutch artists. I think Fred S. Kleiner is right because in these still-life paintings, there is so much more than just what meets the eye. Notice the prominence of the skull in the painting, as Claesz manipulates the viewers eye from the shiny glass orb from left to right, from light into the dark visage or pools of dead eye sockets, looking back on life’s futile pursuits of music and life’s ephemeral pleasures to the terminus of the naked skull, death itself.