Challenging Genres – Glossary

Vanitas

  1. A still-life artwork which includes various symbolic objects designed to
    remind the viewer of their mortality and of the worthlessness of worldly
    goods and pleasures.
  2. Artworks that remind the viewer of the shortness and fragility of life
    (memento mori – Latin phrase: ‘remember you must die’).

Trope

  1. A figurative or metaphorical use of an image, word or expression.
  2. A significant or recurrent theme; a motif.
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