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Still life painting showing a skull, urn, coins and book

An extremely popular format in 16th and 17th century Europe

Pieter Gerritsz van Roestraten (Haarlem c. 1631-London 1700)

A Vanitas c.1666-1700

RCIN 402604

Cumberland Withdrawing Room, Hampton Court Palace

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Roestraten’s paintings fall within the Dutch pronkstilleven (‘ostentatious still-life’) tradition, which brought together a range of fashionable luxury objects, allowing the artist to demonstrate his skill in representing a variety of surface textures. In his work, Roestraten particularly highlights English silver.