VANITAS
Vanitas is the Latin for vanity, in the sense of emptiness or a worthless action. 'Vanity of Vanities, saith the preacher, all is vanity' (Ecclesiastes 12: 8). The implication of these words from the Old Testament is that all human action is transient in contrast to the everlasting nature of faith.

A vanitas is a particular type of still life painting in which objects symbolically refer to such a theme. For example, in Steenwyck's 'Allegory' (Collection: National Gallery (London), objects which suggest human achievements, like the book and instruments, are related to reminders of mortality: the lamp which has been snuffed out and the skull. (See: Memento Mori and Still Life.)

(Source: National Gallery (London).)
calendar / other activities
Receive regular email updates from Highlanes Gallery. Sign-up to join our mailing list.
sign up
website by callan computers
bookmark this page
Home   |   About   |   Collection   |   Search   |   Shop Online Copyright © Highlanes Gallery Ltd.   |   Privacy Policy
Banbridge District Council The Arts Council Louth County Council INTERREG IIIA
International Fund For Ireland