Vanitas

Joannes de Cordua

Photo: UMJ/N. Lackner

Joannes de Cordua (um 1630–1702)

Vanitas

Oil on canvas

Inv. no. 563

Nothing on earth endures – transience

 

Scarcely any other thought shapes the era as much as knowledge about the transience of all things on earth. Baroque art and literature are full of allusions to the finiteness of all things, to vanitas. Still life paintings also contain numerous Symbols which admonishingly refer to the frailty of man. A fundamental experience of the times, endless war which causes nothing but death and devastation, constantly confirms this insight.

 

Nothing on earth endures, neither the power of the emperor nor the book learning of scholars.

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