Allegory of Time Governed by Prudence (c.1565) by Titian

Allegory of Time Governed by Prudence - Titian - c.1565

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TitleAllegory of Time Governed by Prudence
Dimensions76 x 69 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationNational Gallery, London, UK

About Allegory of Time Governed by Prudence

The artwork titled “Allegory of Time Governed by Prudence” is an oil on canvas painting by the celebrated artist Titian, created circa 1565. This piece is emblematic of the Mannerism movement during the Late Renaissance period. Its dimensions measure 76 by 69 centimeters, and it is categorized as an allegorical painting. Currently, the artwork can be admired at the National Gallery in London, United Kingdom.

The painting is an intricate allegorical work that reveals three human heads in profile, each facing in a different direction, atop the bodies of three animals. On the left, there is the profile of an elderly man with a beard, representative of the past, who is positioned over the body of a wolf. In the middle, there is a man in his prime, likely personifying the present, aligned with a lion. On the right, a youthful face, denoting the future, rests above the body of a dog. This powerful trifecta of images is rich in symbolic meaning, likely conveying the virtues of wisdom, strength, and fidelity, which are crucial elements for the governance of time and life. The aged figure connotes experience and retrospection, the mature man in the center embodies the vigor and courage of the present, and the young face symbolizes the potential and loyal foresight into the future.

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