Monday, November 22, 2010

Matthias Withoos - Vanity of Vanities


Matthias Withoos (Amersfoort, 1627 – Hoorn, 1703): Vanity of Vanities. A lot of his paintings have a vanitas motif. Vanitas is the Latin word for ‘emptiness’. It corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life. Common symbolic motives in vanitas paintings are among others skulls and flowers; they show the passage of time.

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