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Vanitas, ca. 1650January 1, 2004-July 31, 2004
Location: Aaron and Blima Shickman Old Masters Galleries
Artist: Simon Renard de Saint-André
Curator: Shlomit Steinberg
Media: Oil on canvas
On extended loan from an anonymous donor, Vanitas, by Louis XIV's court painter Simon Renard de Saint-André, significantly enriches the Museum's collection of European Art. The presence of Jewish objects such as a prayer shawl and Hebrew prayer book alongside typical memento mori motifs makes this portrayal of the transience of life especially rare.