Vanitas Allegory
  • TitleVanitas Allegory
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on oak
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 58 x 47 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 76 x 65 x 4 cm
  • DatingMade 1630s
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Willem de Poorter, Dutch, born 1608, dead 1649
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 6970
  • AcquisitionInköp 1997
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1621 17th century
  • Description
    Images and media

    A woman at her dressing table is seen flinching at a skeleton holding up a mirror to her – a reminder of mortality. By contrast, the ostentatious still life of precious silverware, jewels, pieces of armour, and musical instruments alludes to worldly wealth. The vaulted chamber with its chiaroscuro lighting, the richness of detail and precise brush technique are typical of artists in the orbit of the young Rembrandt.