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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.

Technical data

Inventory number
P003661
Author
Raeth, Ignace
Title
Allegory of the Arts and Sciences
Date
1649
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 82 cm.; Width: 116 cm.
Provenance
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 +

Skull

Music, Unidentified legible: .4.326.608.

Book

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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