30 octobre 2013

Jacques de Gheyn the Elder, Vanitas Still Life, 1603

Jacques de Gheyn the Elder, Vanitas Still Life, 1603
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10 octobre 2013

Art of the Curious; Collectors attracted to the rare, the bizarre and the beautiful

Art of the Curious installation shot. Contemporary collection of curiosities recreating the composition in a Vanitas Still Life painting by Peeter Sion the Elder (1624-1695.  LONDON - The concept of the Kunstkammer has undergone a revival in recent years and its appeal is highlighted by the number of strange and alluring objects that have been sold during the first week of the intriguing exhibition Art of the Curious at Colnaghi, 15 Old Bond Street, London.  The show is a collaboration between Colnaghi’s paintings... [Lire la suite]
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03 août 2013

South German Carved Wood Vanitas of a Skull, 17th-18th Century

South German Carved Wood Vanitas of a Skull, 17th-18th Century.  Photo courtesy Finch & Co Old lime-washed surface.Size: 14.5cm high, 17cm deep, 11.5cm wide - 5¾ ins high, 6¾ ins deep, 4½ ins wide. FOR SALE http://www.finch-and-co.co.uk
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03 août 2013

An Exceptional and Finely Carved German Ivory Vanitas. Early 17th Century

An Exceptional and Finely Carved German Ivory Vanitas. Early 17th Century. Photo courtesy Finch & Co Of a partly decomposed human skull, a salamander and snake curling through the hair. Size: 4.5cm high, 7cm deep, 4.5cm wide – 1¾ ins high, 2¾ ins deep, 1¾ ins wide - SOLD Provenance: Ex Robert Noortman collection  See: Finch and Co catalogue no. 4, item no. 48, for another ivory example, catalogue no. 8, item no. 99, for a fruitwood example and catalogue no. 10, item no. 79, for a silver example  ... [Lire la suite]
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03 août 2013

An Interesting Flemish Carved Fruitwood Vanitas of a Human Skull with a Serpent or Viper. Early – Mid 17th Century

An Interesting Flemish Carved Fruitwood Vanitas of a Human Skull with a Serpent or Viper. Early – Mid 17th Century. Photo courtesy Finch & Co Size : 9 cm high, 8.5 cm wide, 9 cm deep – 3½ ins high, 3¼ ins wide, 3½ ins deep - SOLD Literature: What man most fears is death : the final element of earthly life, and today this fear is suppressed and kept out of sight. Artists have used the skull as a personification of death for centuries and to the Renaissance and Baroque mind it was important to remember and be... [Lire la suite]
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03 août 2013

A Vanitas in the form of a European Medieval Human Skull, ‘Memento Mori’. Circa 1400 – 1500 AD

A Vanitas in the form of a European Medieval Human Skull, ‘Memento Mori’. Circa 1400 – 1500 AD. Photo courtesy Finch & Co Fine old smooth brown patina. Size: 14.5cm high, 19cm deep, 13cm wide – 5¾ ins high, 7½ ins deep, 5 ins wide. SOLD  Literature Vanite of vanities ….. all is vanitie’. The skull was an admonition to man to reflect on his own end in a transient world and thus become like the hermit St Jerome and the penitent Saint Mary Magdalene by meditating on the skull as an exercise in... [Lire la suite]
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13 juin 2013

Underwater Dutch Masters - Vanitas Series by Alexander James

Vanitas Series by Alexander James. Photo courtesy Alexander James In his most recent series, ‘Vanitas’, Alexander James re-visits the works of the 17th century Dutch Masters. Using period props, food and real insects, he captures carefully staged underwater scenes 'in-camera' without the use of post production, either traditional or digital. Working with subtle distortions of light & movement from the waters own wave energy to create a unique and painterly effect. The subjects appear as if to be floating in a black... [Lire la suite]
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31 mars 2013

Kevin Best, Vanitas with Hourglass, 2010

Kevin Best, Vanitas with Hourglass, 2010
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30 mars 2013

Kevin Best, ‘Still Life Infinite Vanitas’

Kevin Best, ‘Still Life Infinite Vanitas’ (Le site de Kevin Best http://www.bestshots.com.au)
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03 janvier 2013

Adam Bernaert (Dutch, active ca. 1660-1669), "Vanitas" Still Life

Adam Bernaert (Dutch, active ca. 1660-1669), "Vanitas" Still Life, oil on panel . H: 16 3/4 x W: 22 5/16 in. (42.5 x 56.6 cm). 37.682. The Walters Art Museum Provenance: Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest. Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902 The Dutch "vanitas" (Latin for vanity) still life brings together the prevailing moral tone and an appreciation of everyday... [Lire la suite]
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