The Conference Proceedings
Edited By Veronika Bernard
Images of (Cultural) Values in the Arts
Sibel Almelek İşman The Vanitas: Moral Values in European Art Abstract The Vanitas is a type of still life picture depicting a collection of objects symbolizing the brevity of life. The Vanitas was especially popular in Dutch art of the 17th century. The aim of this article is to examine Vanitas pictures which have become vehicles for tea ching moral lessons. Vanitas-Bilder verkörpern einen bestimmten Typ Stilleben, das eine Sammlung von Ob jekten darstellt, die die Kürze des Lebens symbolisieren. Vanitas-Bilder waren ins be sondere in der holländischen Kunst des 17. Jahrhunderts beliebt. Ziel dieses Artikels ist es, Vanitas-Bilder zu untersuchen, die zum Vehikel der moralischen Belehrung ge wor den sind. The Vanitas is a type of still life picture depicting a collection of objects sym bo lizing the brevity of life and transience of all earthly pleasures and achie ve ments. Typical motives are a skull, an hourglass, a watch, a smoking candle and a flower losing its petals. Such paintings were especially popular in Dutch and Spanish art of the 17th century (cf. Chilvers 2009, p. 646). Vanitas still lives reflect the pride Dutch citizens held in their material pos- ses sions. But Calvinist morality and humanity tempered that pride (cf. Kleiner 2010, p. 568). Still lives exist above all to delight the senses; but they can also be tinged with a melancholic air. As a result of Holland’s conversion to Cal- vi nism, these visual feasts became vehicles for teaching moral lessons. Most Dutch...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.