Baroque painting symbolizing the journey of life and its final destination: death. This is a still life inspired by Barthel's Memento Mori engravings. The perfect composition includes three skulls and a pocket watch: strong images accentuated by the light that dramatically illuminates the scene. Antonio de Pereda, a contemporary of Velázquez, showcases his perfect command of line and color through his flawless representations of the objects featured.


  • Title: Vánitas
  • Creator: Antonio de Pereda
  • Date: c. 1660 - c. 1660
  • Physical Dimensions: 53,5 x 47 cm
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: Gobierno de Aragón
  • External Link: CERES MCU
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Photograph: Google Art Camera
  • Cultural context: Spanish Baroque

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