Still Life with a Pewter Flagon and Two Ming Bowls, Jan Jansz Treck. The bowls are an odd color because the artist used a type of smalt (cobalt glass) blue that was not light-fast. In the National Gallery, London.
London National Gallery Next 20 13 Jan Jansz Treck - Vanitas Still Life Jan Jansz Treck - Vanitas Still Life, 1648, 91 x 78 cm. In this apparently quiet still life, each object contains a secret message about death and how quickly life goes by. The skull is an obvious symbol of death. The helmet is a reminder that armour cannot protect even the greatest warrior from death. The hour-glass measures how time passes. The pipe and the plug of tobacco suggest that life is like smoke, here for a…
A Contemporary of Goya Who Was a Still-Life Master, at the National Gallery
Still Life with Melon and Pears by Luis Melendez, oil on canvas, 18th century. Melendez died poor and relatively unknown and yet he is now recognized as one, if not the, greatest still life art painter of his day.