Saturday, July 23, 2011

Matthias Withoos - Landscape with a Graveyard by Night

Matthias Withoos (Amersfoort, 1627 – Hoorn, 1703): Landscape with a Graveyard by Night. 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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  1. Was this painted using a real graveyard as a model or just something from his imagination?

  2. Good question, your guess is as good as mine. I can imagine him collecting all kinds of stuff and painting the ensemble in his studio. But he also painted a lot of cityscapes in the open, so therefore he might have visited a real graveyard.


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