File:Luca Cambiaso . Vanity of Earthly Love.jpg

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Vanity of Earthly Love
creator QS:P170,Q712512
Vanity of Earthly Love
Object type painting
object_type QS:P31,Q3305213
Date circa 1570
date QS:P571,+1570-00-00T00:00:00Z/9,P1480,Q5727902
Medium oil on canvas
medium QS:P186,Q296955;P186,Q4259259,P518,Q861259
institution QS:P195,Q2063082
Object history given to New Orleans Museum of Art by Mr. and Mrs Harris Masterson, 56.85
English: "This is another allegorical painting concerning the brevity of human life. The reclining nude contemplates a skull and a mirror while behind her is an older man who grasps a cupid and an hour glass [sic]. The allegorical interpretation is that Time carries Love away, leaving the woman to contemplate old age and death. The artist was particularly noted for modeling forms in candlelight.

Notice that the old man has what appear to be wings, suggesting that he is an angel. It is God, acting through his angel, who takes away youth. Notice that the skull is held in the left hand.

What is the object in her right hand? I would suggest it is a Christian Bible. God takes away youth, because that is a thing of the Earth. Death, in the left hand, is also not part of God's plan, which is represented by the right-hand."
Source/Photographer photograph of the painting taken 2002-12


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