George Frederic Watts

The Golden Age

c.1840

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 298 x 349 mm
frame: 416 x 466 x 68 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Miss Lucy Jarvis 1930
Reference
N04556

Display caption

Both this picture and the one below constitute general evocations of the classical world. 'The Golden Age' is a term used to describe the happiest, most innocent epoch in the history of this world - held by some to have ended when Pandora opened her box. An imminent end to innocence is here signalled in the woman's tempting one of the children with an apple.

Gallery label, August 2004

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