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 Vanitas Still Life - 1648

                                                 Tayyaba Ikram

 
 

 

 
 

 

Painting:


 

Painting:

 

Vanitas Still Life - 1648
 

TRECK, Jan Jansz.
1605/6 - 1652

NG6533. Presented by Anthony N. Sturt and his wife Marjorie, 1991.

Signed on the jug, and dated 1648

This painting belongs to the category of vanitas still lifes, which contain objects intended to cause the viewer to reflect on the inevitability of mortality and the consequent foolishness of all human ambition. They include a skull wreathed in straw, an hourglass, an extinguished pipe and tapers, musical instruments (a flute, a viol and bow), a black lacquer box and a Rhenish stoneware jug (both collectors' items), a book of music and a drawing, a shell and a straw used for blowing bubbles, and a helmet. The title-page is of a play by Theodore Rodenburgh (about 1578 - 1644) which was published in Amsterdam in 1618; it can be translated into English as 'Evil is its own reward'.

Oil on oak
90.5 x 78.4 cm


Painter:

 

TRECK, Jan Jansz.
 

Dutch painter, pupil of his brother-in-law, Jan Jansz. van den Uyl (1595/6-1639/40). After Van den Uyl's sudden death in 1640, he acted as guardian of his children and executor of his estate. He specialized in still-lifes and was much influenced by the style of Uyl, Claesz and Heda. Works by the artist are rare; Vroom records just fifteen autograph pictures with dated works between 1644 and 1651 indicating a fairly brief period of activity.

 

Source: The National Gallery, London
 

Courtesy: Tayyaba Ikram