"Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill" 11x17 Matte Poster
"Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill" 11x17 Matte Poster
"Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill" 11x17 Matte Poster
"Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill" 11x17 Matte Poster
"Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill" 11x17 Matte Poster
"Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill" 11x17 Matte Poster
"Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill" 11x17 Matte Poster
"Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill" 11x17 Matte Poster

"Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill" 11x17 Matte Poster

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Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill
by Pieter Claesz (1628, Dutch)

In this still life, close observation and realistic detail operate in tension with explicit symbolism. The toppled glass, gap-toothed skull, and guttering wick of an oil lamp all serve as stark symbols of life’s brevity. Working with a limited palette of grays and browns, Claesz carefully describes the surfaces of these unsettling objects. By arranging them on a pitted stone ledge, the artist connects the picture’s space to our own, making the message all the more compelling.

11x17 Matte Poster

Printed with Dye/Pigment Reactive Ink On archival matte paper Shipped in heavy duty poster tube Heavy weight (230 gsm), thick base (9.5 mil), and an instant-dry coating that resists fingerprints and smudging.

  • Printed with Dye/Pigment Reactive Ink
  • On archival matte paper
  • Shipped in heavy duty poster tube
  • Heavy weight (230 gsm), thick base (9.5 mil), and an instant-dry coating that resists fingerprints and smudging.