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Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill, 1628 | by Maulleigh
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Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill, 1628

Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill, 1628

Pieter Claesz. (Dutch, 1597/98–1660)

Oil on wood; 9 1/2 x 14 1/8 in. (24.1 x 35.9 cm)

Rogers Fund, 1949 (49.107)

 

This is one of the earliest dated still lifes by Claesz., a Haarlem painter who gave extraordinary presence to familiar things. Here a skull, an overturned glass roemer with its fleeting reflections, an expired lamp, and the attributes of a writer suggest that worldly efforts are ultimately in vain.

 

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Taken on May 22, 2009