Definitions for terms beginning with the letter V

Edward Collier, 'Still Life with a Volume of Wither's 'Emblemes'' 1696

A vanitas still life is one which includes various symbolic objects designed to remind the viewer of their mortality and of the worthlessness of worldly goods and pleasures

Edward Collier
Still Life with a Volume of Wither's 'Emblemes' 1696
Oil on canvas
support: 838 x 1079 mm frame: 1004 x 1242 x 70 mm
Purchased 1949

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Tate glossary definition for vanishing point: The point at which receding parallel lines viewed in perspective appear to converge
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Tate glossary definition for vanitas: A still life artwork which includes various symbolic objects designed to remind the viewer of their mortality and of the shortness and fragility of human life
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