V was going to be for van Gogh, but everyone pretty much knows loads about him already. Therefore, I choose Vanitas instead.
Vanitas is a genre of still life painting that contains objects representing the transient nature of earthy existence. These paintings were popular in the Neatherlands in the early 17th century. The paintings often contained skulls to remind us of the certainty of death, as well as other objects like burning candles, watches and hourglasses to representing the brevity of life. You can also find symbols of earthly pleasures, wealth and power to remind us that "you can't take it with you".
|Vanitas Still Life, Pieter Claeszoon, 1625|
|Vanitas, Jacob de Gheyn (III), 1603|
|Vanitas Still Life, Pieter Claeszoon, 1630|
|Vanitas, Hendrick Andriessen|
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