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A Dance to the Music of Time

Photo credit: The Wallace Collection

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One of Poussin’s most famous masterpieces, the picture’s complex iconography was probably dictated by its patron Giulio Rospigliosi, later Pope Clement IX. Its first meaning is derived from Boitet de Frauville’s Les Dionysiaques, which describes how, following the complaints of Time and the Seasons, Jupiter gave Bacchus and his gift of wine to the world to alleviate the harsh conditions of human life.

The Wallace Collection

London

  • Date

    c.1634–c.1636

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    82.5 x 104 cm

  • Accession number

    P108

  • Acquisition method

    acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1845; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

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