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A Vanitas Still Life with a Flag, Candlestick, Musical Instruments, Books, Writing Paraphernalia, Globes and Hourglass

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

1662

Artist:

Edwaert Collier
Dutch, 1642-1708

About this artwork

Edwaert Collier was well known in his own time for his still lifes, which replicated in intricate detail actual maps and globes. Here, he reproduced a portion of Frederik de Wit’s 1660 map of the Americas and Jodocus Hondius’s terrestrial globe with a view of Mexico, both of which allude to the Dutch Republic’s international trade networks and the ambition to possess the world through cartographic knowledge. The extinguished candle and hourglass, in contrast, reference the fleeting nature of time. Through such highly illusionistic renderings of the symbols of worldly pursuits, Collier evoked the tension between humanity’s lasting contributions to the fields of art and science and the brevity of an individual life.

Status

On View, Gallery 212

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Edwaert Collier

Title

A Vanitas Still Life with a Flag, Candlestick, Musical Instruments, Books, Writing Paraphernalia, Globes and Hourglass

Place

Holland (Object made in)

Date

1662

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Eduwaert / Collier / 1662

Dimensions

98 x 129.7 cm (38 1/2 x 51 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior bequest of Joseph Winterbotham; Rhoades Foundation and Julius Lewis Acquisition Endowment Fund; European Painting Discretionary Fund

Reference Number

2020.317

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