Skulls were sometimes included in classical still life paintings as a reminder of the fleeting nature of earthly wealth. For the patron of the artist, the inclusion of skulls was often a form of humble brag, as if to say, “Though I am able to purchase all these expensive items, I am also very humble, and realize I shall die.” For the artist, well, skulls just look exceedingly cool.

For this series I was inspired by the Spanish painter Juan Sánchez Cotán. His compositions were simple and clean, emphasizing the isolated objects, as opposed to the tableaux of the Dutch still life compositions.

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