During the seventeenth century a form of still life called

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During the seventeenth century a form of still life called the vanitas developed as a means to impart an allegorical message about the inevitability of death. The subject here refers to Charles I’s troubled life and is a testament to the suddenness of death and the vanity of early power and glory. For example, the bubbles pertain to the brevity of Charles I’s life (he was beheaded at the age of 44), the broken skull conveys the fragility of human beings, and the globe symbolizes the power and possessions that death steals away. Vanitas Still Life, after 1649. Unknown artist, possibly Flemish. Alternative title : Allegory of Charles I of England and Henrietta of France in a Vanitas. 🏛️: Birmingham Museum of Art #arteesamor #historyofart #arthistory #arte #oilpainting #vanitas #mementomori #skull #globe #death #stilllife #stilllifepainting #artwork #birminghammuseumofart #17thcentury #masterpiece #flemishartist #humanity #allegory #details #artdetails #ancientart #allegorical #artgallery #artlovers

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