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Truth, Time and History
  • TitleTruth, Time and History

  • Technique/MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 294 x 244 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 322 x 271 x 10 cm
  • DatingMade 1804 - 1808
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 5593
  • AcquisitionGift 1961 Nationalmusei Vänner
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History is a witness when Time reveals the Truth. These concepts are symbolised by a woman writing, an elderly man with an hourglass, and a woman, who is usually naked. In Goya’s painting, the standing woman represents Spain as well as Truth. She holds a sceptre, and a book, the constitution Spain adopted in 1812 during its war against Napoleon. The twofold symbolism is designed to underscore the legitimacy of the new constitution.