Oil/wood, 25 x 34 cm, lo. ri. monogr. and dat. CH 1635, on the reverse seal with crown. - The blossoming life of the young boy is contrasted with the skull. Flowers, hourglass and oil lamp illustrate the course of time. - Literature: Cat. rais.: van Thiel Nr. 211. - Provenance: Kunstzaal Kleykamp, The Hague, 1928; Frederick Muller & Co., Amsterdam, 6th July 1943; Frederick Muller & Co., Amsterdam, 25th January 1944; Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 3rd November 1959; Private collection Hamburg - Dutch painter, one of the foremost artists of mannerism. He was first taught painting in the studio of Pieter Pietersz. in Haarlem, later in the studio of G. Coignet in Antwerp. Back in Haarlem he establishes as the leading painter of his generation, winning the most prestigious commissions. Mus.: St. Petersburg (Hermitage), Paris (Louvre), Amsterdam (Rijksmus.), Madrid (Prado), London (Nat. Gall.), Berlin (Gem.-Gal.), Dresden (Gem.-Gal. Alte Meister), Vienna (Albertina) Haarlem, Copenhagen a. others. Lit.: AKL. Thieme-Becker, Bénézit a. others.