Time defeated by Hope and Beauty1627. Oil on canvas, 107 x 142 cm.
Saturn, who represents Time in Roman mythology, has fallen beside his attributes, a scythe and an hourglass. Beauty —possibly a portrait of the painter´s wife, Virginia da Vezzo— holds him by the hear, blandishing a lance over him, while Hope threatens him with a hook, her iconographic symbol, and three cupids pluck the feathers from his wings. Time is defied by Love, which is a reversal of their traditional roles. The representation of Time was constant during the Baroque era, when it was an image of the transitory nature of human life and of the values that rule it. With this type of work, Vouet brought the influence of Italian art to Louis XIII´s France.