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Circle of Philippe de Champaigne

Vanitas still life with skull seen from two angles

Circle of Philippe de Champaigne

Circle of Philippe de Champaigne

Vanitas still life with skull seen from two angles

Vanitas still life with skull seen from two angles

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Circle of Philippe de Champaigne

Vanitas still life with skull seen from two angles


oil on canvas

canvas: 14½ by 16½ in.; 36.8 by 41.9 cm.

framed: 23 by 25¼ in.; 58.4 by 61.6 cm.

The canvas is lined and is taut and stable on its stretcher. The image reads very well beneath the varnish with subtle shading retained. Fine cracquelure is visible throughout but is stable and not distracting, and the canvas edge is slightly visible at right where it has been abraded but it is not distracting. Under UV inspection, an area of repair at lower left is visible, along with minor retouching along the right edge and a few small dots of retouching scattered throughout. The skulls appear to be almost entirely free of retouching. The painting can certainly hang in its current state. Offered in a simply carved ebonized wood frame.


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The vanitas motif of the skull against a dark background is inspired by works such as Champaigne's painting currently at the Musée de Tesse in Le Mans.1 Depicting the same skull from two angles is an unusual technique that may have been intended as a reference to head studies done from life, though here the implication is much more somber.


1. https://www.pop.culture.gouv.fr/notice/joconde/000PE010874