Vanitas is a tradition in painting defined by Wikapedia as "a type of symbolic work of art especially associated with Northern European still life painting in Flanders and the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries, though also common in other places and periods. The word is Latin, meaning "emptiness" and loosely translated corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of vanity." Source
Link to a collection of traditional vanitas paintings from London's National Gallery I love the contemporary interpretation of the vanitas tradition in the exhibition that was shown last October at the AVA in London.
|Jake and Dinos Chapman, One Day you will no Longer be Loved (Again) - Miss Earle, 2010, Oil on Canvas|
|Ori Gersht, Time after Time, 2007, Light jet print on aluminum|
|Kate MccGwire, Slick, 2010 > Magpie and crow feathers, mixed media and antique fire basket|