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(Fine Interiors - Two Day Sale - Live Online, 31st March 2021)

An Italian grand tour marble vanitas bust

An Italian grand tour marble vanitas bust,
19th century, of a shrouded skeleton,
56cm high

The notion of the transience of life has been prevalent throughout the history of art, and particularly in the Christian tradition since the Middle Ages. The word Vanitas in Latin translates as 'emptiness' or 'futility' and is often mentioned in relation to the idea of Memento Mori. Paintings, works of art and sculpture, such as the present example, depicting skeletons, clocks and other metaphors for the passage of time, were intended to serve as a reminder that one's life is fleeting, which, in turn, would prompt the viewer to live by the ethics set out in the Bible, and remember the fierce judgement that they would face upon their eventual, yet certain death.

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Estimate
£5,000 - £7,000
 

Buyer's premium: 30.00% (inclusive of VAT, where applicable)


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Some chips to edges and back. Scratches and dirt. General wear throughout.

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Auction: Fine Interiors - Two Day Sale - Live Online, 31st March 2021

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