Allegory of Transience, so-called Vanitas Group

ca. 1470/80, Artist: Michel Erhart , ODER:



Allegory of Transience, so-called Vanitas Group

The three figures, carved from a single piece of wood, represent the beauty of youth and its transience. The degeneration of the body in old age is drastically emphasized through the realism of the masterful polychromy. It is unclear whether the group originally belonged in a larger context, e.g. a clock case, or was already planned as a small antonymous sculpture.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer Wien Raum XXXIV

Object data

Object Name

Sculpture; Statuette




ca. 1470/80


Michel Erhart , ODER: (um 1440/45 - nach 1522) - GND

Jörg Syrlin d. Ä. (1425 Ulm - 1491 Ulm) - GND


Painted limewood


46,5 cm × 19 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer

Inv. No.

Kunstkammer, 1

IGS - Vanitas Allegorie - Syrlin

OESG - Vanitas Allegorie - Syrlin

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