Jacob van Walscapelle has arranged a luxuriant bouquet of flowers and a selection of fruits on a stone pedestal. We recognise the transience of nature in the wide-open blossoms and overripe fruits. A swarm of insects is accelerating the process of decay by sucking at them. By contrast, the stone vase with its mythological decor dating from antiquity is intended to represent the permanence of human artistic skills. But even this does not last forever, as the cracks and traces of age on the stone pedestal show as a symbol of transience.