Vanitas

A vanitas (Latin for 'vanity') is a symbolic work of art showing the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death, often contrasting symbols of wealth and symbols of ephemerality and death. Best-known are vanitas still lifes, a common genre in the Low Countries of the 16th and 17th centuries; they have also been created at other times and in other media and genres.[1]

Vanitas by Antonio de Pereda

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