PEREDA, Antonio de
(b. 1611, Valladolid, d. 1678, Madrid)

The Knight's Dream (detail)

Oil on wood
Museo de la Real Academia de San Fernando, Madrid

Objects of vanity are books, music, coins, jewellery, weapons and a mask (as a symbol of Thalia - the theatre). These are all considered futile. Transience is symbolized by two skulls - one of them rolled over so that we can see inside - as well as by a burnt candle and a clock. The flowers in the vase, too, are symbols of vanity.

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