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Vanity, Vanity, All is Vanity

A work made of engraving on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on ivory laid paper.


c. 1600


Jan Saenredam (Dutch, 1565-1607)
after Abraham Bloemaert (Dutch, 1566-1651)
published by Robert de Baudous (Flemish, c. 1575-c. 1656)

About this artwork

This depiction of a sexually provocative woman as the embodiment of vanity is one of the earliest collabora-tions between the designer Abraham Bloemaert and the printmaker Jan Saenredam. A virtuoso display of Mannerist printmaking, it features elegant calligraphy (probably by another hand), billowing smoke, and luxurious fabrics.


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Prints and Drawings


Jan Saenredam


Vanity, Vanity, All is Vanity


Netherlands (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1600


Engraving on ivory laid paper


Image: 37.5 × 32.1 cm (14 13/16 × 12 11/16 in.); Plate: 37.8 × 32.4 cm (14 15/16 × 12 13/16 in.); Sheet: 38.4 × 33.5 cm (15 1/8 × 13 1/4 in.)

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Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Endowment

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