Friday August 26, 2016
Fun Fact Friday: It’s not often that you see a double sided painting, but we have one at Mint Museum Randolph. When you look at 'Portrait of a Donor/A Skull in a Niche’ you will see a painting of a man on one side and a painting of a skull on the other. Below the skull, a Latin inscription admonishes the viewer: “Why do you, mortal being, raise your head? You will die, too, and will be as bald as this skull. 1480.” Such paintings are known as vanitas from a verse in the Book of Ecclesiastics in the Bible: “Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher, all is vanity.” #themintmuseum #funfactfriday Image: Flemish, Portrait of a Donor/A Skull in a Niche, 1480, oil on wood panel.
Gift of the Martin Cannon Family Foundation, Inc. in memory of Mr. Martin L. Cannon, Jr. 1978.28A-B - Link