"Vanitas" is a term of Fine Arts which designates a genre of paintings. It comes from the latin and means "emptiness" and refers to the meaninglessness of the life on earth according to the Roman Catholic tradition. The paintings were there to remind people that they were mortal, by showing skulls, skeletons and dead things. This macabre custom lasted from the 16th to the 17th century, but inspired the next centuries a lot. For that matter, the skull has been present in many communities : pirates, hell's angels, punks, gothics, emos ...
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