"Vanitas" Attributed to Juan de Valdés Leal
A hackneyed theme, but the expressions in the owl's eyes is worth a moment.
Rather than "vanitas", the theme I see represented here is melancholy and tragedy. Considering our condition in this sphere, our aspirations are not vanity, but instead expressions of courage, faith, and an earnest character. When combined with gentle manners, stillness and keen thoughtfulness, our work is profound in every possible way.