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Still Life with Mask

Photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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This painting is a 'vanitas', a still-life painting of impermanent things. The violin, whose sound fades, the soap bubbles, the burning taper and the watch recall the transience of the world (the globe) and the brevity of life (the skull). The appearance of the same skull in three paintings by Pieter van Willigen and similar links in other works has led to the attribution of works by Andriessen to van Willigen, who may have been his pupil.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Oxford


Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 48 x W 43 cm

Accession number

WA1940.2.5

Acquisition method

Bequeathed by Daisy Linda Ward, 1939

Work type

Painting


The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Beaumont Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH England

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