"Allegory of time and Truth" Painting by Annibale Carracci
Iconographically, Hannibal's Allegory illustrates the victory of truth favored by time.
The personification of Time - recognizable by the decrepit age and by the hourglass
in his hand - in fact, pulls out of a well the winged figure of Truth (an ephebic adolescent)
that looks in a mirror while crushing Deception (or Fraud).
The Deception seems to have a small monstrous head on its neck which underlines
its duplicity and its wickedness
Genuine hand carved shell cameo
Shell: Cypraecassis Rufa
Cameo Size: 63 mm
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