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The French artist Poussin often addressed themes of mythology. In Rome, an outstanding work was written with the philosophical title "Dance to the music of the time." The approximate time of the creation of the grand canvas is 1638. Ancient myths formed the basis of the painting by Nicolas Poussin.
As the founder of classicism, the artist reflected a new style in this work. Everything is beautiful, harmonious, perfect in the picture. The figures of mythical creatures and people are endowed with ideal proportions. The architecture surrounding them is beautiful and refined. Nature admires sophistication and natural splendor.
In the compositional center - 4 figures dancing in a vicious circle. The first symbolizes Poverty - a barefoot young man in a dark robe. To his right is Labor, then wealth. The red-haired girl with a sly smile closes the dance cycle - a symbol of Enjoyment. Such an allegorical round dance can be understood as the rotation of the wheel of Fortune. Under the influence of a passing incident and the prevailing circumstances of life, a person receives one of the four named conditions.
The other figures in the picture are two babies. One sits on the left, playing with soap bubbles. This is another symbolic image reminiscent of the transience of life. On the right, the baby monitors the movement of the hourglass, which he holds in his hand. The winged elder Chronos is the embodiment of Time itself. He plays the music to which the round dance dances. The statue with two faces is the god Janus. The young face looks towards the future, the second head of the bearded old man looks in the opposite direction - into the past.
The painter placed a mythical object in the sky - the chariot of Apollo. In front of her, the goddess Aurora flies and spills flowers.
Poussin displayed in the "Dance to the Music of Time" an allegory of human life. The masterpiece is now in London in the Wallace collection.
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