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  • Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill, 1628
    Pieter Claesz (Dutch, 1596/97–1660)
    Oil on wood; 9 1/2 x 14 1/8 in. (24.1 x 35.9 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1949 (49.107)

    This is one of the earliest dated still lifes by Claesz., a Haarlem painter who gave extraordinary presence to familiar things. Here a skull, an overturned glass roemer with its fleeting reflections, an expired lamp, and the attributes of a writer suggest that worldly efforts are ultimately in vain.

    This work of art also appears on Connections: Writing

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  • Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill, 1628
    Pieter Claesz (Dutch, 1596/97–1660)
    Oil on wood; 9 1/2 x 14 1/8 in. (24.1 x 35.9 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1949 (49.107)

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