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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.
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Date:

1662

Artist:

Edwaert Collier
Dutch, 1642-1708

About this artwork

The meticulously executed still life paintings of Edwaert Collier unite the Dutch vanitas tradition with a striking focus on contemporary printed material. This monumental work, signed and dated 1662, is among his earliest dated paintings. Yet it is a rare example of his use of publications focusing on Dutch global exploration. The specific locations highlighted in the globes and books, the Americas, uphold the vanitas message communicated in the scene: while this new knowledge is documented with an ostensible permanence through printing, the actual governance of these new lands could be—and was for the Dutch—fleeting.

Status

Currently Off View

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

Origin

Holland

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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