John Constable, Stonehenge, 1835
Hadleigh Castle, The Mouth of the Thames- Morning after a Stormy Night, John Constable, 1829
That summer, all the roses died.
The moon set at quarter-full
and vanished for three days.
None of us knew
what to tell him.
She is gone
beyond the reach of storm or sin.
The wells dried up,
slimes of moss revealed
then brown and brittle in a day.
The birds fled. We found
Evening by the lake by Max Nonnenbruch
Moritz Stifter (Austrian, 1857-1905
Art History Meme | 2/6 Themes or Series or Subjects
» Memento Mori/Vanitas
By Philippe de Champaigne, Evert Collier, Adriaen van Utrecht, Bartholomäus Bruyn, David Bally, Franciscus Gysbrechts
When in overly moralized interpretations we reduce such paintings to pictorial sermons on vanity, we fail to grasp adequately the ambiguous wholeness of these images, which prompt us to reflect not upon mortality alone, but upon the ways in which life and death define each other. No label such as “vanity of vanities” or “death conquers all” or even “carpe diem” adequately conveys the complexity of such pictures, which are about both life and death, about being in and departing this world, about pleasure and its passingPaul Barolsky. VANITAS PAINTING AND THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE. Source: Notes in the History of Art , Vol. 26, No. 2 (Winter 2007), pp. 38-39
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), Jane Morris, The Blue Silk Dress - 1868