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Allegory of Transience (Vanitas), from the series Vanitas, vanitatum et omnia vanitas, ca. 1575 - 1657

  • burin engraving, paper
  • 262 x 202 mm
  • Inv. 2014-ND

Public Domain

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The personification of impermanence (Vanitas) sits on the ground holding a smoking pot. She points to a table next to her on which symbols of worldly wealth and prestige are displayed.


Jan Saenredam RKD
Zaandam 1565 - 1566 - Assendelft 1607
engravers (printmakers)AAT

Abraham Bloemaert RKD
Gorinchem 1566 - Utrecht 1651

Title Allegory of Transience (Vanitas), from the series Vanitas, vanitatum et omnia vanitas
Date ca. 1575 - 1657
Period 16th century
17th century
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
Inventory number 2014-ND
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055866 allegory (artistic device) AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11R5 (personifications of) 'Vanitas', the vanity of human life; Fragilita humana, Fugacita delle grandezze della gloria mondana, Meditatione della morte, Opera vana, Piacere vano, Vana gloria, Vanita (Ripa) Iconclass
11R51 scenes symbolizing 'Vanitas' Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31AA the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) - AA - female human figure Iconclass
31D13 adolescent, young woman, maiden Iconclass
41A771 container of metal: bucket, can, canister, drum, tin, etc. Iconclass
41A773 container of ceramics: jar, jug, pot, vase Iconclass
41B162 smoke Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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