Bubble Art Through Time
Limited: The art you will not see everywhere else.
These tell us about bubble play in the very old days.
This is the earliest illustration of bubble play I've found. Detail part of a full border: Monkey blowing bubbles.
From the Isabella Breviary, late 1480s and before 1497, British Library.
Queen Isabella of Castille was the patron of Christopher Colombus.
Artist: Bartholomäus Bruyn der Ältere, aka: Bartholomaeus Bruyn the Elder.
Title: Homo Bulla
The earliest Homo Bulla (Vanitas) artwork I've found. Homo Bulla translates as Human Bubble, meaning humans are impermanent like a bubble.
Yes it is difficult to see the bubble on the ring/cup which the child is holding. Appropriately the bubble has faded over time. In his left hand the boy holds a "stem cup" that looks like ring). In his right hand he holds a reed or tube with which he has blown the bubble.
Artist: Jacob Hoefnagel
Snakes Blowing Bubbles