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Vanitas Still Life

/ I Spy

Allegory of Charles I of England and Henrietta of France in a Vanitas Alternate After 1649 oil on canvas 57 12 x 47 14 in 1461 x 120 cm Museum purchase with funds provided by Martee Woodward Webb Mr and Mrs Edmund England Dr and Mrs Rex Harris Mrs William McDonald Jr Mr and Mrs Stewart M Dansby and Ms Pauline Tutwiler 198828


In this painting we see many different things! Here is what I spy. Can you find them all?

  • 1 piece of coral from the ocean
  • 9 seashells of many different colors
  • Bubbles up in the air
  • 1 skull with a few teeth left
  • 1 pair of glasses so you can see
  • 1 candle that has been blown out
  • 3 sculptures
  • 2 portrait drawings in a book
  • 1 map of the world
  • Leaves from a tree

This type of painting is called a still life. A still life is a work of art that shows objects collected and placed together. Create your own still life and send us your creation! 

Follow These Steps:

  1. Collect your favorite things from around your home. (Remember: these should be still!)
  2. Arrange the items you have collected together on a table or on the floor.
  3. Take a photograph, draw a picture, or paint an image of your collection.
  4. Share it with us! We will share submissions in a post on our website and social media.

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