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Life paintings were a common type of painting during the 17th century. They were popular in Holland, Flanders, Germany, and Spain, but had not yet achieved their popularity in other European countries. Vanitas, or still life, paintings are a combination of objects in an environment. Artists use light and shadow to create a unique perspective on the items depicted in their work. The use of light and dark in the background and foreground is a popular technique in life painting.

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