Thursday, 4 July 2013

Thursday - Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas

I do realise it's not the most cheerful of topics, but funerary art is still, after all, art.

That's why I think that the tomb of Engelbrecht II van Nassau, which can be seen in Breda's Church of Our Lady, is worth checking out.

What stuck me was that while normally these marbled lord and ladies are always fully geared and covered in bling, in this case Mr and Mrs van Nassau are lying almost on the floor, simply clad in a sheet, while all the pomp and circumstance's outfits are carried above them as if to say: all is vanity.

Now to brighten you up: entrance to the quite beautiful church is free (with optional donation), you can watch a presentation about the evolution of the House of Oranje-Nassau and the toilets are very clean.

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