In Northern Renaissance painting, ‘vanitas’ artworks contemplated the transcience of earthly life and the material world. Artists like Pieter Claesz produced what, to the modern observer, may simply look like still-lifes of common objects like food and flowers – but upon closer inspection, darkness and decay dwell within an empty silence.
Recently I stumbled across the website of photographer Lili Roze, and was instantly drawn to her own vanitas works. The photos have a really dark, painterly quality about them, and I think they capture all of the beauty and solemnity of their Renaissance predescessors.
Images from her website: http://www.liliroze.com/