Artist: Pieter Claesz (Dutch, Berchem? 1596/97–1660 Haarlem)
Medium: Oil on wood
Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 14 1/8 in. (24.1 x 35.9 cm)
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1949
Accession Number: 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.