offset print on paper
91 x 91 cm (35 3/4 x 35 3/4 in.)
signed lower right trail proof (without black oil)
Candles are significant in many religions. In Christianity, a burning candle symbolizes the soul, shining in the dark realm of death. The Easter candle stands for the resurrection of Christ, his triumph over death. Thus in the 17th and 18th century, a candle was often integrated in vanitas still lifes, which acted as a reminder that everything earthly is transient.