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Spreeuwen, Jacob van
Allegory of Vanitas Allegory of Vanitas
Around 1645 Around 1645

Inspired by Rembrandt’s first student in Leiden, Gerrit Dou, Van Spreeuwen’s small-scale, detailed compositons often feature scholarly figures. The aged man at centre turns his gaze heavenward. His rejecton of worldly concerns is made explicit by the still life elements surrounding him, alluding to military, intellectual and economic pursuits. Behind him, a boy blows fragile soap bubbles, reinforcing the message of transience.

 
Spreeuwen, Jacob van
Leiden, Netherlands 1611–Leiden, Netherlands after 1650 Leiden, Netherlands 1611–Leiden, Netherlands after 1650
Allegory of Vanitas Allegory of Vanitas
Around 1645 Around 1645
Oil on canvas Oil on canvas
height / width: 60.90 x 58.40 cm; 23.98 x 22.99 in.
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 1991 Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 1991
34-020.08

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