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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