Vanitas meaning

vanitäs
Vanitas is vanity, or a piece of art that reminds people of mortality and that material things are temporary.

An example of vanitas is a painting of skulls and rotting food.

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Vanity; futility.
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A work of art containing symbols of mortality or the impermanence of material things; esp., a 17th-cent. Dutch painting of this kind.
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Of or relating to such paintings as a genre.

The vanitas tradition.

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(painting) A type of still life painting, symbolic of mortality, characteristic of Dutch painting of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
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Origin of vanitas

  • From Latin vanitas
    From Wiktionary