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Pieter Claesz

Vanitas, 1656

Oil on panel
15 3/5 × 23 4/5 in
39.5 × 60.5 cm
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ELC
Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archive
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Pieter Claesz
Dutch, 1597–1660
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One of the most important Dutch still-life painters of the 17th century, Pieter Claesz pioneered tabletop still lifes, depicting carefully composed meals that included breads, fruits, and wines. Claesz’s simple compositions are noted for bringing a remarkable presence to familiar items, capturing their rich textures, three-dimensional forms, and the play of light on surfaces. Claesz often included memento mori in his paintings, as in Vanitas (1656), in which a skull and bone are represented alongside an overturned chalice, burning incense, and script music, inviting viewers to reflect upon mortality and the passing of time.

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About the work
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Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archive
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Painting
Pieter Claesz
Dutch, 1597–1660
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One of the most important Dutch still-life painters of the 17th century, Pieter Claesz pioneered tabletop still lifes, depicting carefully composed meals that included breads, fruits, and wines. Claesz’s simple compositions are noted for bringing a remarkable presence to familiar items, capturing their rich textures, three-dimensional forms, and the play of light on surfaces. Claesz often included memento mori in his paintings, as in Vanitas (1656), in which a skull and bone are represented alongside an overturned chalice, burning incense, and script music, inviting viewers to reflect upon mortality and the passing of time.

Pieter Claesz

Vanitas, 1656

Oil on panel
15 3/5 × 23 4/5 in
39.5 × 60.5 cm
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