Charles Allan Gilbert's All Is Vanity
Charles Allan Gilbert's Black Paint.jpg


Charles Allan Gilbert




Hypnotizes victim


Starvation/Dehydration, Instant Death


Always Active/ Proximity/ Touch

Collected by

Warehouse 13


The Dark Vault


Podium 63

Date of Collection



Origin[edit | edit source]

Charles Allan Gilbert (1873 - 1929) was a prominent American illustrator. His most prominent piece of work was a published drawing titled All is Vanity. The drawing employs a double image in which the scene of a woman admiring herself in a mirror, changes shape when seen from a distance where it resembles a skull. The title come from the Bible, Ecclesiastes 1:2 "Vanity of vanities, saith the Preach, vanity of vanities; all is vanity". This refers to the vanity and pride of man. In art, vanity has long been represented as a woman preoccupied with her beauty. The art that contains a human skull as a focal point is called a memento mori, Latin for "remember you will die".

The trick of images draws a person in the entrances them to not leave the painting.

Effects[edit | edit source]

If one gets too close they will stand there fixated unable to move as they contemplate death. Touching the painting will kill the affected person on the spot.

Collection[edit | edit source]

Was collected the same time as Charles Allan Gilbert's Black Paint.

Storage and Handling[edit | edit source]

Stored on an easel laced with neutralizer with a five-foot radius surrounding the painting.

Neutralizer hazmat suit required for safe movement of the artifact. The artifact will affect the wearer quickly regardless, however. If the artifact must be moved, store in a neutralizer vat which cycles fresh neutralizer in constantly until placed back. Movement must be done within 30 seconds to prevent accidental activation and instant death.

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