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Allegory of Charles I of England and Henrietta of France in a VanitasOil on canvas painting as done by Frenchmen by the name of Simon Renard de Saint-Andre between the years of 1669 and 1677 The main purpose in evaluating this piece of work is to be aware and describe the physical features content and symbolization of this painting This will undoubtedly include the complexity of painting and historical content of the painting Allegory of Charles I of England and Henrietta of France in Vanitas has many admirable physical features At first glance it is a massive paintingIt is much larger than other painting sand it seems to engulf the whole wall The large bulky frame of the painting is plain until your eyes wonder to the top center of it There is a large flat shell like protrusion surrounded by a flower and imbedded in beads giving it a slight touch of class that it did not have before Starting from the top are a low solemn dark atmosphere and further down the painting you go the mood gets lighter and more colorful However the first thing we see at the top are four bubbles floating in the air They are floating up from a shell The shell is resting in the hand of a white stoned sculpted baby boy The shell itself also holds four more bubbles They could represent the bubble s of life Bubbles in general reflect things as in a mirror Could these bubbles exemplify the life of a man They seem to be telling us of times to come or of times past Behind the baby are two half statures of women They look Roman-like in appearance These classical busts have on robes of possibly something like a toga The statues seem to be in a darker background than the baby boy is It could be the background or it could be that during these times
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