misswallflower:

"We always see our worst selves. Our most vulnerable selves. We need someone else to get close enough to tell us we’re wrong. Someone we trust." - David Levithan

misswallflower:

"We always see our worst selves. Our most vulnerable selves. We need someone else to get close enough to tell us we’re wrong. Someone we trust." - David Levithan

arthistorita:

Jan van Kessel I,Vanitas Still Life,1665-1670, National Gallery of Art (US)
Some artists chose to remove figural and narrative elements entirely when employing momento mori. Seemingly innocuous still-lifes of flowers, bubbles, and butterflies are darkened with the addition of the skull as a sinister kind of vase and an hour glass endlessly counting out the passage of mortal time. For all their beauty, even the lighter elements have a fleeting quality about them- flowers quickly turn, bubbles burst, and insects feed on the decay.

arthistorita:

Jan van Kessel I,Vanitas Still Life,1665-1670, National Gallery of Art (US)

Some artists chose to remove figural and narrative elements entirely when employing momento mori. Seemingly innocuous still-lifes of flowers, bubbles, and butterflies are darkened with the addition of the skull as a sinister kind of vase and an hour glass endlessly counting out the passage of mortal time. For all their beauty, even the lighter elements have a fleeting quality about them- flowers quickly turn, bubbles burst, and insects feed on the decay.