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Allegory on Human Life

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Description In Flemish painting of the 17th century elaborate garlands of sensuous, fragile blossoms at the height of their beauty and fruit ripe to the point of bursting- all inviting our touch before their inevitable decay- were often depicted framing spiritually significant images. Here they frame and complement a still life of objects alluding to the brevity of human life: a skull, a burning candle, and an hourglass. The combination encourages a meditation on the miracle of Christ's Resurrection from his mortal death and the resurrection promised through Christ to the faithful. Along with fruits and flowers including roses, grapes, cherries, and thistles, as well as butterflies and a beetle, Van Son has included corn, a New World addition to the European diet.Further analysis within the "Chamber of Wonders" installation and bibliography
  • Going for Baroque. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995-1996.
  • Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
  • A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte. 2002-2004.
Provenance Mr. and Mrs. William Muhlen, 1930s; to their daughter, Mrs. Marcelle J. von Mayer-Denues, Columbia, Maryland; Walters Art Museum, 1985, by bequest.
Credit Bequest of Mrs. Marcelle J. von Mayer-Denues, 1985

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ca. 1658-1660
oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 49 1/8 x W: 36 1/2 in. (124.7 x 92.7 cm)

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