Overcoming Vanitas, or Showing One’s Cards
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Vaiva Kubeckienė
Vilnius University, Lithuania
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6616-7805
Published 2020-12-01
https://doi.org/10.15388/Problemos.Priedas.20.9
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Keywords

gamble
Vanitas
Theodor Rombouts
Arūnas Sverdiolas

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Kubeckienė V. (2020). Overcoming Vanitas, or Showing One’s Cards. Problemos, 92-100. https://doi.org/10.15388/Problemos.Priedas.20.9

Abstract

In the article the painting Card Player Showing His Hand by T. Rombouts (17th c. Netherlands) is being interpreted. It is noticed that two existential manifestations may interact in this composition: the gambler’s and Vanitas. In the first part of this article, an analysis is made how Rombouts presents card play as a way of being and how he integrates it into the genre of Vanitas. In the second part the hypothesis, is it proven that the composition of the painting continues the theme of Vanitas and questions it at the same time.

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