A globe of contemplation.
Vanitas paintings flourished in the Netherlands in the early 17th century. With a central theme of ‘Memento Mori’ each contained collections of symbolic objects.
Symbols representing the arts and sciences, exoticism, wealth and power, hope, earthly pleasures, the temporal nature of beauty, self-reflection, prosperity, human curiosity, knowledge, self awareness, the transience and limitation of time, fragility and human vulnerability and the passing of time.
Each sphere is hand made from casting plaster. Each globe is made in the time honoured traditional method. 12 paper gore sections are carefully applied to the sphere with starch paste. Once dry the surface is burnished and finished with multiple very thin layers of varnish.. Each map or prospect globe is registered at the IPO with a certificate of registration for UK design