*Rococo Revisited
JAN VAN DER HEYDEN
Gorinchem 1637 – 1712 Amsterdam
CORNER OF A ROOM WITH RARITIES
1712
oil on canvas
The wealthy Dutch middle classes decorated their homes with valuable or interesting objects from all over the world; the picture reflects this passion for collecting. However, this combination of objects also conceals a deeper moral: following the iconography of book still lives and depictions of scholars, it conceives the idea of Vanitas (futility). This is easy to recognise from the Bible in the foreground, open at the Ecclesiastes, where the text speaks about the futility of earthly life and human ambitions.

JAN VAN DER HEYDEN

Gorinchem 1637 – 1712 Amsterdam

CORNER OF A ROOM WITH RARITIES

1712

oil on canvas

The wealthy Dutch middle classes decorated their homes with valuable or interesting objects from all over the world; the picture reflects this passion for collecting. However, this combination of objects also conceals a deeper moral: following the iconography of book still lives and depictions of scholars, it conceives the idea of Vanitas (futility). This is easy to recognise from the Bible in the foreground, open at the Ecclesiastes, where the text speaks about the futility of earthly life and human ambitions.

#still life
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    brb, gonna go hang an armadillo from my ceiling
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    I particularly enjoy the random, flying armadillo in the centre of the painting. #WhatchuDoinUpThereAmadillo?...
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    An 18th century de Chirico?
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