“The first age that was created was the golden age, in which loyalty and good prospered, without authorities, on its own initiative and without laws” (Ovid, Metamorphoses, I, 89-90).

The Golden Age is depicted on the east side next to Hercules and the Giants. She is personified as a woman dressed in gold, protected by an oak tree, symbol of Jupiter. She turns her face towards the Spanish royal coat-of-arms. Zephyrus, the gentle, beneficent east wind, accompanies her on the left with a group of figures that emphasises his significance: a little putto with a wind toy, Flora bearing the cornucopia of abundance, nymphs with ears of corn and fruit, an eagle, and a woman placing wings on the second child.

The golden age
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