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Bubble Painting in Vanitas. Homo Bulla

Bubble Painting in VanitasCircle of Caspar Netscher (1639-1684)


Images of bubbles were largely used in vanitas, a type of symbolic work of art especially associated with 17th-century Dutch still life painting and also common in other places and periods. Vanitas is loosely translated from Latin as the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of vanity. In the 17th century Dutch artists painted children blowing bubbles to convey the brevity of human life, the transience of beauty and the inevitability of death.

Homo Bulla - A Boy Blowing Bubbles, Bartholomeus Van Der HelstHomo Bulla - A Boy Blowing Bubbles, Bartholomeus Van Der Helst (Dutch Baroque Era Painter, 1613-1670)

In the sixteenth century, the Dutch philosopher Erasmus reintroduced the Latin expression “Homo bulla” (”man is a bubble”) in his “Adagia”, a collection of sayings published in 1572.
The symbolism of homo bulla was proverbial in the 1st century BC.
(http://pre-gebelin.blogspot.com/2009/01/homo-bulla-vanitas.html
http://oldprints.wordpress.com/2006/09/18/as-time-goes-by)

Bubble Painting in Vanitas David Bailly Self-Portrait with Vanitas SymbolsDavid Bailly (1584-1657) Self-Portrait with Vanitas Symbols


Bubble Painting in Vanitas Homo Bulla Matthijs Naiveu Dutch Baroque Era PainterMatthijs Naiveu (Dutch Baroque Era Painter 1647-1726) Boy and Girl Blowing Soap Bubbles

Bubble Painting in Vanitas Karel DUJARDIN Dutch Baroque Era PainterKarel DUJARDIN (Dutch Baroque Era Painter, ca.1622-1678) Allegory 1663

Bubble Painting in Vanitas. Homo BullaFollower of Reinier de la Haye (Dutch, 1640-1695)

Bubble Painting in Vanitas. Homo Bulla Adriana Gerarda Speelman Dutch PainterAdriana Gerarda Speelman (Dutch, 1801-1847) Homo bulla

Bubble Painting in Vanitas. Homo BullaAttributed to Jaques de Gheyn II (Antwerp 1565-1629) A vanitas allegory

Bubble Painting in Vanitas. Homo BullaFollower of Otto van Veen (Flemish Mannerist Painter, ca.1556-1629) Homo Bulla

Bubble Painting in VanitasJean-Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755) An Allegory of Air

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