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Allegory of the Arts and Sciences
Raeth, Ignace
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Raeth, Ignace

Antwerp, 1626, 1666

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Allegory of the Arts and Sciences

1649. Oil on canvas

The visual arts are represented by a palette filled with brushes and an ancient head; music, by a score; literature by an inkwell and several books; and geography by a globe. This work´s character as a Vanitas is emphasized by the laurel-crowned skull at the left, an unmistakable symbol of death´s triumph and of the vanity of human achievements. The work´s symbolic content seems clear: the futility of accumulating wisdom and fame in light of inexorable death. Its author was a painter of Flemish origin only known to have worked in Madrid.

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Raeth, Ignace
Allegory of the Arts and Sciences
Height: 82 cm.; Width: 116 cm.
Donated by María Dionisia Vives y Zires, Duchess of Pastrana, 1889

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, III, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1996.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 891.
Autor Ignacio Basth / 891. Un cuadro titulado 'Alegoría de las Artes y las Ciencias' / Alto 0,82 ancho 1,16

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Location +

Room auxiliar de lectura (On Display)

Displayed objects +


Music, Unidentified legible: .4.326.608.


Pen: .109.

Inkwell: .109.

Sculpture: .263.

Palette: .263.36.

Orb / Sphere

Update date: 06-05-2019 | Registry created on 18-07-2017

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