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photoblog image Hendrick Pot - The Allegory of Transience

Hendrick Pot - The Allegory of Transience

 

Detail from a painting in the Frans Hals Museum by Hendrick Gerritsz Pot, apparently illustrating a 17th century poem which included the lines:

"Gold, gemstones and all thy precious ware,

 What good are those to thee, when Death is all but there?"

A bit gloomy!

 

 

Hendrick Pot - The Allegory of Transience

 

Detail from a painting in the Frans Hals Museum by Hendrick Gerritsz Pot, apparently illustrating a 17th century poem which included the lines:

"Gold, gemstones and all thy precious ware,

 What good are those to thee, when Death is all but there?"

A bit gloomy!

 

 

comments (10)

Je suppose que la personne derrière représente la mort.
Tom Wilson: Oui, c'est vrai, Martine. Le site du musée dit: "A woman stands amid her valuable possessions holding a letter. The box bed, the dog, and the upturned lute indicate that this depiction concerns love. A man’s hat and jacket lie on a chair to the right. Using her seductive gaze, the woman invites us to enter her world of vice. She does not see the old woman behind her holding a skull and a wilted flower. She stands for the transience of youth, earthly beauty and wealth"
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 31 Aug 2018, 01:27
all that apparel and she still doesn't look good

was that bad to say ?
Tom Wilson: Standards of beauty change over time, so perhaps she was thought lovely by the painter?
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 31 Aug 2018, 06:37
Death embraces the living..oh dear
Tom Wilson: The site says: A woman stands amid her valuable possessions holding a letter. The box bed, the dog, and the upturned lute indicate that this depiction concerns love. A man’s hat and jacket lie on a chair to the right. Using her seductive gaze, the woman invites us to enter her world of vice. She does not see the old woman behind her holding a skull and a wilted flower. She stands for the transience of youth, earthly beauty and wealth
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 31 Aug 2018, 06:47
Words that we all know to be true but do not care to think about too often.
Tom Wilson: One doesn't wish to become too depressed!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 31 Aug 2018, 07:26
Memento mori! - I like this painting - a fine image!
Tom Wilson: Thank you, Philine!
  • Ayush Basu
  • Venlo, Netherlands
  • 31 Aug 2018, 08:22
this is literally in your face, Tom. but i love the painting and your shot of it.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ayush
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 31 Aug 2018, 08:59
A crone with a jaw-less skull, trying to convince the finely clothed lady to hand over some jewellery. A meeting that should preferably be transient.
Tom Wilson: The site says: "A woman stands amid her valuable possessions holding a letter. The box bed, the dog, and the upturned lute indicate that this depiction concerns love. A man’s hat and jacket lie on a chair to the right. Using her seductive gaze, the woman invites us to enter her world of vice. She does not see the old woman behind her holding a skull and a wilted flower. She stands for the transience of youth, earthly beauty and wealth"
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 31 Aug 2018, 10:19
The skull seems to have iyes...
Tom Wilson: Making it even spookier!
This is not quite how we imagine a woman of vice these days.
Tom Wilson: Really! I bow to your authority on this matter, Brian smile
I understand the sentiments in the real now-time world.

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