The Vanitas collection by Giovanni Raspini: burnished or gilded silver to represent ironic skulls ♦ ︎
Vanitas, Latin word which means vanity. Needless. Because life is short and everything passes. With this heavy reflection the painters of the Renaissance and the subsequent Baroque period realized paintings with still lifes in which a skull was also represented, symbol of the transience of human existence. It was also a style in keeping with the spirituality of the time, maybe a little excessive for current tastes. But, curiously, the skull icon has continued to fascinate artists, albeit in another way. Four hundred years later, in fact, here is the hard rock, heavy metal music, or the neo romantics who use the skull with the intent to instill fear, even if there is nothing more vital than a band that plays on the stage in front to thousands of young people alive and happy.
After this premise, it should be added that the shape of the skull was also adopted by jewelry, as in the Vanitas collection by Giovanni Raspini. The Italian king of silver has prepared ten pieces selected from his great exhibition entitled Vanitas Mundi, realized in late 2017. From the exhibition of sculptures derive the skulls used in an ironic and pop key. As evidenced by the great Vanitas del Mare Pendant (in gilded silver and natural stones assembled in fusion), or the skull and snake bangle or the skull graduate bracelet, in burnished silver. Giulia Netrese