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Time Unveiling Truth

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This complex allegory displays Tiepolo's facility for depicting abstract concepts through personification. Truth is depicted as a proud young woman whose fair, voluptuous beauty is revealed by the dark, gnarled figure of Father Time. Time's chariot and his scythe symbolize death; Cupid, whose...

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1865, acquired in Venice by Louis Auguste (b. 1805 - d. 1889), Baron de Schwiter, Vienna; May 3, 1886, Schwiter sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, lot 38, to Willy Blumenthal, Paris; November 29, 1935, Blumenthal sale, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, lot 65, to Léon Cotnareanu; December 14, 1960, Cotnareanu sale, Musée Galliéra, Paris, lot 14, to Rudolf J. Heinemann (dealer; b. 1902 - d. 1975), New York; 1961, sold by Rudolph J. Heinemann to the MFA for $210,000. (Accession Date: December 13, 1961)

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Charles Potter Kling Fund

about 1745–50


231.1 x 167 cm (91 x 65 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas