Vanitas. The time, the silence and the ephemeral is a photographic project by Enrica Pastore.
The entire project of 23 images is part of the Guidi collection. (*)
Vanitas… this is the name given to still life paintings that, with refinement and thin symbols, allude to the theme of the caducity of life, to the ephemeral condition of existence, to the passage of time and to the temporariness of earthly goods. This type of painting emerged in the Dutch Golden Age, which encompasses most of the 17th century.
In these images, it goes from man’s relationship with inanimate material things, seen in their conventionally attributed sense, to an idea of featured objects and signifiers, symbols and values that take on the same importance as a human figure in the painting.
A book, published in Italian and English, tells the project steps and the stories of those 23 works.
Since November 2017, Enrica’s book, in both languages, can be consulted in the Rijksmuseum Research Library in Amsterdam.