This 1627 painting by Simon Vouet is titled ‘Father Time Overcome by Love, Hope, and Beauty’. It’s a perfect image to mark the birth of a new year—when sorrows of the past are overcome by dreams of the future. As the Scientific American explains:
The painting depicts three entities from left to right attacking Father Time. Left to right, we have Hope, (Roman goddess Spes) crowned with a wreath of flowers; Love, represented by winged Cupids or putti attacking Father Time's wings; and Love (Roman goddess Venus) nude and wearing her signature pearls in her hair. Typically time defeats love and beauty, and arguably even hope. At the dawn of a New Year, time is defeated and their positions reversed.
SANITY BREAK DECEMBER 18 2023
Here’s something silly to make you laugh: A soulful ballad on the woes of living with someone who just can’t make up their mind:)