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This painting refers to seventeenth-century European paintings, such as those by Cornelis Norbertus Gijsbrechts, Flemish, active in 1659-1675 (see 58.357 for an image) and includes traditional symbols of the transience of human life-a skull, a recently extinguished candle, a clock, fragile blown...

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Provenance

The artist; with Marlborough Gallery, New York; 1985, to Henry Vasquez, Stamford, Connecticut; By 1991, consigned to Marlborough Gallery, New York; 1991, purchased by Melvin N. Blake and Frank M. Purnell, New York; gift of the estate of Melvin Blake to MFA, Boston, January 22, 2003

Credit Line

Melvin Blake and Frank Purnell Collection

Copyright

© Claudio Bravo, courtesy, Marlborough Gallery, New York

1981

Dimensions

Framed: 204.5 x 246.4 x 5.1 cm (80 1/2 x 97 x 2 in.) Image: 200 x 240.3 cm (78 3/4 x 94 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

2003.29

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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