Vanitas

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A vanitas is a symbolic work of art showing the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death, often contrasting symbols of wealth and symbols of ephemerality and death.wikipedia
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Still life

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Best-known are vanitas still lifes, a common genre in Netherlandish art of the 16th and 17th centuries; they have also been created at other times and in other media and genres.
These vanitas images have been re-interpreted through the last 400 years of art history, starting with Dutch painters around 1600.

Memento mori

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By the 15th century, these could be extremely morbid and explicit, reflecting an increased obsession with death and decay also seen in the Ars moriendi, the Danse Macabre, and the overlapping motif of the Memento mori. From the Renaissance such motifs gradually became more indirect and, as the still-life genre became popular, found a home there.
Memento mori (Latin: "remember (that) you will die") is the medieval Latin Christian theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits.

Charles Allan Gilbert

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C. Allan Gilbert, All Is Vanity, drawing, 1892.
He is especially remembered for a widely published drawing (a memento mori or vanitas) titled All Is Vanity. The drawing employs a double image (or visual pun) in which the scene of a woman admiring herself in a mirror, when viewed from a distance, appears to be a human skull.

Alexander de Cadenet

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Alexander de Cadenet, Skull Portraits, various subjects, 1996 – present.
He is most known for his skull portraits that are set within the tradition of Vanitas.

Vanitas: Flesh Dress for an Albino Anorectic

Jana Sterbak, Vanitas: Flesh Dress for an Albino Anorectic, artwork, 1987.
As suggested by the title, the work is considered within the genre of "vanitas", a category of art showing death and decay.

Ecclesiastes

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It alludes to Ecclesiastes, where vanitas translates the Hebrew word hevel, which also includes the concept of transitoriness.
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Vanity

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Composer Richard Barrett's Vanity, for orchestra, is greatly inspired by this movement.
Although the term vanitas (Latin, "emptiness") originally meant not obsession by one's appearance, but the ultimate fruitlessness of humankind's efforts in this world, the phrase summarizes the complete preoccupation of the subject of the picture.

Ars moriendi

By the 15th century, these could be extremely morbid and explicit, reflecting an increased obsession with death and decay also seen in the Ars moriendi, the Danse Macabre, and the overlapping motif of the Memento mori. From the Renaissance such motifs gradually became more indirect and, as the still-life genre became popular, found a home there.
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Danse Macabre

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By the 15th century, these could be extremely morbid and explicit, reflecting an increased obsession with death and decay also seen in the Ars moriendi, the Danse Macabre, and the overlapping motif of the Memento mori. From the Renaissance such motifs gradually became more indirect and, as the still-life genre became popular, found a home there.
Vanitas

Sic transit gloria mundi

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Art of the Low Countries

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Best-known are vanitas still lifes, a common genre in Netherlandish art of the 16th and 17th centuries; they have also been created at other times and in other media and genres.

List of art media

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Best-known are vanitas still lifes, a common genre in Netherlandish art of the 16th and 17th centuries; they have also been created at other times and in other media and genres.

Genre

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Best-known are vanitas still lifes, a common genre in Netherlandish art of the 16th and 17th centuries; they have also been created at other times and in other media and genres.

Latin

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The Latin noun vanitas (from the Latin adjective vanus 'empty') means 'emptiness', 'futility', or 'worthlessness', the traditional Christian view being that earthly goods and pursuits are transient and worthless.

Abraham Mignon

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Composition of flowers is a less obvious style of Vanitas by Abraham Mignon in the National Museum, Warsaw.

National Museum, Warsaw

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Composition of flowers is a less obvious style of Vanitas by Abraham Mignon in the National Museum, Warsaw.

Robert Schumann

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The first movement in composer Robert Schumann's 5 Pieces in a Folk Style, for Cello and Piano, Op. 102 is entitled Vanitas vanitatum: Mit Humor.

Oratorio

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Vanitas vanitatum is the title of an oratorio written by an Italian Baroque composer Giacomo Carissimi (1604/1605 -1674).

Giacomo Carissimi

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Vanitas vanitatum is the title of an oratorio written by an Italian Baroque composer Giacomo Carissimi (1604/1605 -1674).

Richard Barrett (composer)

Richard Barrett
Composer Richard Barrett's Vanity, for orchestra, is greatly inspired by this movement.

Vanitas (Anaal Nathrakh album)

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Vanitas is the seventh album by British Extreme Metal band Anaal Nathrakh.

Extreme metal

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Vanitas is the seventh album by British Extreme Metal band Anaal Nathrakh.

Anaal Nathrakh

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Vanitas is the seventh album by British Extreme Metal band Anaal Nathrakh.

Kingdom Hearts

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Vanitas is the name of a character from the Kingdom Hearts franchise.