Leather Journal Vanitas – March 2015

Genuinel leather, hand-painted.

Skull – a reminder of the inevitability of death. Just as the portrait is merely a reflection of once living man and the skull is the only form of once living head. He is most clearly symbolizes the frailty of human life.
Birds, butterflies and other winged creatures are old medieval symbol of the human soul. Caterpillar, chrysalis and butterfly together represent the life cycle stages and earthly life, death and resurrection.
Cobweb is human frailty.
Dead tree limb embodies human life and is adjacent to the young leaves, symbolizing rebirth.
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Vanitas (Lat. Vanitas, letters. – “Vanity, vanity”) – a genre of painting baroque, allegorical still life, compositional center which has traditionally been a human skull.

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