Natural history in art

Natural history in art

Observation - Natural history in art. Description: In some painting a shell is included to indicate that the subject of the painting had, at some time in his life, made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Over time it the shell became associated with ‘the pilgrimage of life. The shell on this headstone is symbol

In some painting a shell is included to indicate that the subject of the painting had, at some time in his life, made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Over time it the shell became associated with ‘the pilgrimage of life. The shell on this headstone is symbolically saying that that person buried there has completed the pilgrimage of life.