I really like how this has such hard and intense way of showing death with the skull, yet the most delicate way of showing the opposite. Butterflies are so innocent and pure, such a drastic jump from a skull. I think they work really well together in this situation. MT
Herman Henstenburgh, Vanitas, c. 1700 Vanitas: The Latin word means "vanity" and loosely translated corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits.