- Attributed to Cornelis Ketel, Dutch, 1548-1616
Attributed to Cornelis Ketel
Thomas Pead, 1578
Oil paint on panel
Inscribed and dated at upper right, ANO, 1578 / ÆTATIS SVE, 39; on skull, RESPICE FINEM; at upper left, STAT SUA CUIGZ DIES BREVE ET IRREPARABILE TEMPUS, / OMNIBUS EST VITA SED FAINAM EXTENDERE FACTA, / HOC VIRTUTIS OPUS VIVIT POST FUNERA VITAM. / INTEGRA DUM RES EST SERAM REMINISCERE FINEM / PREMEDITARE MORI FLAGITIOSA CAVE, / MORS IBI FALCE METET, QUA VITA INDUSTRIA SENET / VITAGZ SUARESCET MORS UBI FALCE MANET.
Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, TL-18918
Thomas Pead was Registrar of the Archdeaconries of Norwich in Norfolk and Sudbury in Suffolk. His work entailed recording the counties’ births and deaths, and he is portrayed here with the quill and paper of his profession. Pead’s hand rests on a skull, a further reference to his work and also to a type of painting popular at the time. These “vanitas” pictures urged the viewer to make the most of life because death comes to us all. Ketel’s somber, realistic portrait style was briefly popular in the 1570s.
- “Treasures from the Berger Collection: British Paintings 1400-2000” — Denver Art Museum, 10/2/2014 – 9/9/2018