Henry Fuseli

Allegory of Vanity

Allegory of Vanity by Henry Fuseli
Allegory of Vanity by Henry Fuseli

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If Neo-classicism represented repose and decorum, Romanticism represented excitement and movement. Here the flying figure is Time. The inscription is from Virgil's Georgics III; 'Time flies for those of us who remain captivated by the spell of love'. The subtext was a popular theme in European art of the period, that time robs beauty from all women in the end. (Monsters and Maidens, 2004)

[second image on reverse]

Allegory of Vanity
Production date
pen, pencil and watercolour
200 x 271 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
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International Art
Display status
Not on display

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