Vanitas - Rotting Fruit

© Milo Dlouhy 2016, Vanitas - Rotting Fruit

Materials: Arches paper, watercolour, gouache, ink, pastel and acrylic.

Size: aprox. 20x18inches

Year: 2008 to present


Vanitas is a category of symbolic works of art, especially those associated with the still life paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries in Flanders and the Netherlands. The Latin noun vanitas -atis means "emptiness" and thus refers in this context to the traditional Christian view of earthly life and the worthless nature of all earthly goods and pursuits.

Vanitas themes were common in medieval funerary art.

Paintings executed in the vanitas style were meant to remind viewers of the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death. They also provided a moral justification for painting attractive objects.