J.K. Rowling tempted readers today with a mysterious tweet about her upcoming work. Mashable reports that the Harry Potter author changed her Twitter header to an image of the 1640 painting called Still Life: An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life.
It’s hard to find a header that sums up everything I’m working on at the moment, but this painting comes close! It’s by Harmen Steenwyck.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 5, 2017
According to the National Gallery, the painting by Dutch artist Harmen Steenwyck is filled with symbolic objects referencing knowledge, pleasure, wealth, the frailty of life, and the inevitability of death.
So how does the painting relate to Rowling’s current projects? We know she’s working on the fourth Cormoran Strike detective novel, written under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith, as well as a new children’s book unrelated to the Harry Potter series. She also recently alluded to a third project in the works.
Still, the painting’s connection to her current projects is a secret Rowling isn’t yet ready to share.
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