When visiting the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, a few years back, I was introduced to Abraham Hendriksz van Beijeren’s work. Even though I had no interest in still life work, I found myself intrigued and still, before his work.
Listening in, on a school session, where the teacher explained his work, I was amazed at the depth of the pieces.
Apparently Dutch painters described the futility of life through their design of trashed banquets, after the revelers are gone. The left overs, are descriptive of life as it passes and ends. What is left is pieces of what was.