George Frederic Watts The Golden Age c.1840

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The Golden Age
Date c.1840
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 298 x 349 mm
frame: 416 x 466 x 68 mm
Acquisition Presented by Miss Lucy Jarvis 1930
On display at Tate Britain

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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.

August 2004

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