The Art of Ash Wednesday: Omnia vanitas

Ash Wednesday, not a day for feasting, but rather for fasting and contemplating the fleetingness of life and all its pleasures. In the seventeenth-century Netherlands, a remarkable style of painting arose, still-life, the most intriguing in some ways being that of the vanitas still-life. Usually artists portrayed a skull surrounded by the gifts (as they … More The Art of Ash Wednesday: Omnia vanitas