Vanitas

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Vanitas were symbolic paintings depicting the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of the final end. Pictures that often contrasted symbols of wealth versus symbols of ephemerality and death. This one places the coats of arms of the Vatican City between a skull and a pile … (read more)

Vanitas were symbolic paintings depicting the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of the final end. Pictures that often contrasted symbols of wealth versus symbols of ephemerality and death. This one places the coats of arms of the Vatican City between a skull and a pile of gold bars. Best-known are Vanitas still lifes, a common genre in Flamish art of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Of course, this is a very harsh commentary on the relationship of the Papacy and the Catholic Church to wealth and the arts throughout history. Even though Pope Francis says he would like a poor church for the poor and a universal basic income, those are just fancy words. The fact is that the Vatican possesses an immense fortune of stratospheric proportions, and that fortune is not going to be nationalized, not for the poor nor the union of the socialist communist workers of the world.


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