It’s Monday/Artday today!
In honor of Halloween, a “memento mori,” a still life to remind us that life is frail and brief. The term used momento mori means “remember you must die” in Latin. This is a message conveyed by artists from Hans Holbein to Damien Hirst using images of skulls, flowers and decaying fruit. Is this a nod to mortality or a wink at it?
Adriaen van Utrecht, Vanitas, circa 1643.
Do you like it or find it creepy?
* The featured painting at the top is from the Flemish school, 17th century, “Vanitas Still Life With A Vase of Flowers, Plate Of Fruit, Skull And Box of Jewels on Draped Wooden Table.” Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s.ttfn,