Vanitas - Still Life with Books and Manuscripts and a Skull

Evert Collier1663

The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

Collier was a Dutch painter who specialized in the "Vanitas" type of still life composed of such motifs as a skeleton, globe, or musical instruments which were portrayed as a warning against the vanity of this world. He did a large number of still lifes including books, which were symbols of scholarship and worldly matters. At first sight, objects may appear to be standing at random, but it soon becomes evident that the composition was carefully defined along the two diagonals. Inscribed on the piece of paper is a passage quoted from Chapter 26 of "The Book of Psalms". (Source: The Digital Gallery. 1999-2006)


  • Title: Vanitas - Still Life with Books and Manuscripts and a Skull
  • Creator Lifespan: c. 1643 - 1710
  • Creator Nationality: Dutch
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Date Created: 1663
  • Location Created: Holland
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings: Monogrammed and dated at lower left: EC 1663
  • Provenance: Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder, The Hague.
  • Physical Dimensions: w700 x h565 mm
  • Painter: Edwaert Collier
  • Object title (Japanese): ヴァニタス-書物と髑髏のある静物
  • Object notes (Japanese): コリールは17世紀後半のオランダの静物画家、肖像画家。彼は髑髏、地球儀、楽器などからなる、現世のはかなさや虚栄に対する警告としてのヴァニタス画を得意とし、とりわけ書物を含む静物画を多数制作した(書物=学識もしばしば現世的なものの象徴と考えられた)。髑髏、火が消えたばかりで煙がのぼる燭台、時計、砂時計、財布、倒れたグラス、ショーム(オーボエの前身)などが所狭しと並んでいる。一見、無造作に放置されたように見えるが、2本の対角線に沿って慎重に構図が決定されたことがわかる。画面前景中央の紙片には『詩篇』第26章の一節が引用されており、この作品のメッセージが端的に要約されている。(出典: デジタルギャラリー. 1999-2006)
  • Artist Name (Japanese): コリール、エドワールト
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: http://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/information/privacy.html
  • External Link: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
  • Medium: Oil on panel

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