Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario, Pieter Claesz., 1628

Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario, Pieter Claesz., 1628

olieverf op paneel, h 70.5cm × w 80.5cm. More details

Appearances can be deceptive – certainly in painting, which gives only an impression of reality. Here Claesz presents the study materials of an educated painter: books, drawings, armour, musical instruments and a plaster cast of the Spinario, a famous antique sculpture of a boy extracting a thorn from his foot. On the table are a paintbrush and a palette, along with bones and a skull. The message is clear: the world is mere illusion and transience (vanitas).

On display in room 2.14 Pieter Claesz. Still lifes

Collections with this work

RijksStudio

held in beeld by Diana Guzijan

April 22 2014 - 10 works

Greats by B O'Neil

April 22 2014 - 80 works

Statues by Ronaldo Bencid

April 11 2014 - 14 works

Make your own creations with this work