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Title

Vanitas

17th century

Artists

Jeremias Falck

Poland

circa 1610 - 1677

after Bernardo Strozzi

Italy

1581 - 1644

  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Jeremias Falck

    Works in the collection

    1

    Artist information
    after Bernardo Strozzi

    Works in the collection

    1

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions