Still Life: An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life

Oil on oak | 39.2 x 50.7cm | c. 1640

Harmen Steenwyck

There's no doubt about where our gaze is directed here. A dramatic shaft of sunlight cuts through the gloom to highlight the empty eye sockets and gap-toothed grin of a skull which lolls to one side on the edge of the table. We are staring death in t...
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