When this image peered out at me from my picture file I was reminded that Halloween is just around the corner. While in Rome not long ago, I dragged Mrs. Chatterbox to one of the gazillion churches to see a few famous Caravaggios. After viewing the paintings, I saw this sculpture by the door on our way out. At first I was startled by it, but not so much that I couldn’t snap a picture.
This is referred to as a vanitas, a reminder that life is short and all is vanity; in time we all return to dust. Interesting sentiment, but friggin’ creepy if you ask me. And what is the purpose of that elaborate ironwork—bars to keep people from touching this exquisite yet revolting sculpture, or a barrier to keep this masterpiece of the macabre from escaping?
Check it out.