Vanitas Still Life, Pieter Symonsz. Potter, 1646

Vanitas Still Life, Pieter Symonsz. Potter, 1646

oil on panel, h 53.5cm × w 41.4cm More details

A document with the Dutch lion featuring prominently in the attached seal, a songbook, a flute, dice, a globe, an oil lamp, bubbles, and a skull: much in this still life reminds us of the frailty and transience of life. With the inclusion of the red seal, moreover, this painting seems to be a warning to treat the Republic’s existence with care: after all, nothing is certain!

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