All is Vanity

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:

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