Ecclesiastes 12:11-13 (KJ21) 11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the master builders, which are given from one Shepherd. 12 And further, my son, by these words be admonished: of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness to the flesh. 13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

Ecclesiastes 12:11-13 (KJ21) 11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the master builders, which are given from one Shepherd. 12 And further, my son, by these words be admonished: of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness to the flesh. 13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

Vanitas vanitatum, omnia vanitas. (Vanity of vanities, all is vanity) Guido Mocafico, 2007

Vanitas vanitatum, omnia vanitas. (Vanity of vanities, all is vanity) Guido Mocafico, 2007

Vanitas met viool en kaars. De schedel staat voor sterfelijkheid. De kaars staat voor sterfelijkheid en verwelking: de kaars brandt, totdat hij opgaat. De viool staat voor muziek.

Vanitas met viool en kaars. De schedel staat voor sterfelijkheid. De kaars staat voor sterfelijkheid en verwelking: de kaars brandt, totdat hij opgaat. De viool staat voor muziek.

Edwaert Collier - Vanitas: Still Life with Books and Manuscripts and a Skull (detail)

Edwaert Collier - Vanitas: Still Life with Books and Manuscripts and a Skull (detail)

New narrative still life paintings and drawings by graphic artist David Cahill. Check out more images at his portfolio website crunchypencil.com

New narrative still life paintings and drawings by graphic artist David Cahill. Check out more images at his portfolio website crunchypencil.com

I really like how this has such hard and intense way of showing death with the skull, yet the most delicate way of showing the opposite. Butterflies are so innocent and pure, such a drastic jump from a skull. I think they work really well together in this situation.  MT

I really like how this has such hard and intense way of showing death with the skull, yet the most delicate way of showing the opposite. Butterflies are so innocent and pure, such a drastic jump from a skull. I think they work really well together in this situation. MT

Still Life: An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life' by Harmen Steenwyck (love vanitas paintings--they remind us of the fleeting nature of life so we remember to live in the moment each and every day!)

Still Life: An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life' by Harmen Steenwyck (love vanitas paintings--they remind us of the fleeting nature of life so we remember to live in the moment each and every day!)

Simon Renard de Saint-Andre - Vanitas. La Rochefoucauld :: Collected Maxims :: Cover Art

Simon Renard de Saint-Andre - Vanitas. La Rochefoucauld :: Collected Maxims :: Cover Art

"15 still life photography ideas that will blow your mind."   I've already attempted at most of these but subject matter & composition are endless with possibilities!

"15 still life photography ideas that will blow your mind." I've already attempted at most of these but subject matter & composition are endless with possibilities!

color | contrast | texture | pattern | layout | style | photography | "Specimen"

color | contrast | texture | pattern | layout | style | photography | "Specimen"

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