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Vanitas is a genre of still-life painting that flourished in the Netherlands in the early 17th century. The vanitas originated as small inscriptions found on the back of portraits. These grew in popularity until the full-fledged vanitas emerged and became a suitable subject for a painting. Commonly featuring skulls, books, instruments, and flowers, these paintings are not-so-subtle reminders of transience and the inevitability of death. They exhort the viewer to consider mortality.
With this as a starting point, five artists were invited to produce works that resonate with the theme’s symbols, meanings, and contemporary interpretations.