- From Latin vanitas (Wiktionary)
“Some of her pictures are almost an updated index to the symbols used in vanitas, those treatises-in-oil that comment on the transience of time and earthly life: clocks, flickering candles, half-empty wine goblets.”
“The word vanitas referred to the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of vanity, so vanitas painting were full of symbols reflecting this depressing world view.”
“Brandon Dorman scatters the pages with objects found in Dutch vanitas paintings — a skull, a clock, flickering candles.”
“The skull that Witkin's "Van Gogh" peers at is real, but its purpose in being there is to make the painting a "vanitas" which is a tradition that references the history of art.”
“Only the crudest of the vanitas set ever thought you had to get”
“The greatest masters preferred the subtlest vanitas, modestly trusting to fruit baskets to whisper ashes to ashes, relying on the poignant exactness of oranges to release like a citrus mist the always fresh fact of how hard we resist how briefly we're pleased.”
“Her dark, textural paintings "draw upon sources as disparate as 17th century Dutch vanitas paintings, the works of Lucas Cranach, and the couture of Chanel and Comme des GarÃ§ons.”
“Her dark, textural paintings "draw upon sources as disparate as 17th century Dutch vanitas paintings, the works of Lucas Cranach, and the couture of Chanel and Comme des Garçons.”
“Standing sentry across the street from Room & Board and due north of Cafe St Ex, our hipster acts something like a 21st century vanitas --- not a reminder of death, exactly, but certainly a reminder of change.”
“You may as easily choose to include all of these items as none, whatever is to your taste, as long as it is recognisable as a vanitas or small breakfast or something of that nature.”
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