Mark Twain said 'History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme'. The masters of the Dutch 'Golden Age' lived in a time of extreme wealth and fear. They feared: eternal damnation, plagues, religious genocide and the guilt associated with exploitation. Sound familiar? David Bailly (1584-1657) summed it all up in his 'Self portrait with vanitas symbols'. Mine is a rhyme. The references to plague have been replaced with references to global warming and instead of Bailly's double self portrait, I have left the frame empty, for our future is less certain.