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Title

Vanitas

17th century


Artists

Jeremias Falck

Poland

circa 1610 - 1677

after Bernardo Strozzi

Italy

1581 - 1644


About

An old woman observes her reflection in a mirror held by one of her maids. Her dressing table is littered with perfume bottles and pearls. Images of a lady at her toilet often carried a moralising message about the vanity or emptiness of the things of the world and the inevitability of death. The flowers that the old woman holds are symbols of impermanence and hence of decay. Previously this print was thought to be by Cornelis Visscher after Rubens (see the old pen and ink inscription below the image). The painting by Strozzi on which it is based is in the Pushkin Museum, Moscow.


Details


Date

17th century


Media category

Print


Materials used

engraving


Dimensions

39.8 x 31.8 cm platemark; 52.4 x 39.1 cm sheet (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1987


Location

Not on display


Accession number

223.2007


Artist information

Jeremias Falck

Works in the collection

1

Artist information

after Bernardo Strozzi

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history