- During the Renaissance, vanity was invariably represented as a naked woman, sometimes seated or reclining on a couch. She attends to her hair with comb and mirror. The mirror is sometimes held by a demon or a putto. Symbols of vanity include jewels, gold coins, a purse, and the figure of death.
- Edwin Mullins, The Painted Witch: How Western Artists Have Viewed the Sexuality of Women (New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc., 1985), pp. 62–63.
- James Hall, Dictionary of Subjects & Symbols in Art (New York: Harper & Row, 1974), p. 318.
- Oxford English dictionary, on vanity
- Oxford English dictionary, on vainglory
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