Truth Rescued by Time, Witnessed by History (1812 – 1814) by Francisco Goya

Truth Rescued by Time, Witnessed by History - Francisco Goya - 1812 - 1814

Artwork Information

TitleTruth Rescued by Time, Witnessed by History
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Date1812 - 1814
Dimensions294 x 244 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationNationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden

About Truth Rescued by Time, Witnessed by History

The artwork titled “Truth Rescued by Time, Witnessed by History” is a creation by the renowned artist Francisco Goya, dating back to the period 1812-1814. This allegorical painting was executed using oil on canvas and is exemplary of the Romanticism art movement. Measuring 294 by 244 centimeters, the artwork is housed at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Sweden, where it adds to the illustrious collection that chronicles rich artistic heritages.

The painting depicts a complex allegory involving three figures which embody the concepts of Truth, Time, and History. The central figure represents Truth, personified as a woman who stands with one arm outstretched while holding a palette and brushes in the other, signifying her association with the arts and perhaps the revelation of truth through creative expression. Beside her, Time is depicted as an old man with wings, vigorously waving away the clouds of falsehood or obscurity to unveil the naked truth. Below the figure of Truth, History is represented as another female figure, seated and attentively recording the events as they unfold. She clutches a book, symbolizing her role as the one who documents and preserves the account of what is revealed by Time. The dynamic composition and the emotional intensity of the figures reflect the stylistic tendencies of Romanticism, emphasizing human experience, dramatic narratives, and often passionate or symbolic undertones.

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