HEEM, Cornelis de
(b. 1631, Leiden, d. 1695, Antwerpen)

Vanitas Still-Life with a Skull and an Écorché

c. 1659
Oil on canvas, 60 x 78 cm
Private collection

In this still-life there are many overt references to the theme of vanitas. The painting is packed with reminders of the brevity and fragility of human life and existence, most of them obvious in their meaning, like the écorché figure, the skull, the burning length of rope and the stopped pocket watch.