Today has been: Mostly distilling The Vanitas.
Traditionally, a vanitas is a painting, which serves to remind the viewer of the transient and fleeting nature of human existence. Through the symbolic use of objects, the vanitas refers to the acquisition of knowledge and material wealth, while speaking of these pleasures as fragile and physically finite.
Motifs often include: An extinguished candle, an overripe bowl of fruit, or instruments of music and science, a broken glass, flowers…
Derived from the Latin vanus, falsity, fickleness, nothingness.