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Q: Analogy of Time ( No Answer,   7 Comments )
Subject: Analogy of Time
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Visual Arts
Asked by: redcapelliragazo-ga
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Posted: 18 Mar 2006 17:41 PST
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Question ID: 708947
In art, is Time (analogy) always protrayed as an old man with wings
and a sickle; If not in what other way has Time been protrayed?

Btw any idea why he is protrayed with a sickle what does it symbolize
he's Time not Death...
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Subject: Re: Analogy of Time
From: tr1234-ga on 18 Mar 2006 19:03 PST
I'm no art historian, but I'm certain that Time is not *always*
portrayed as a winged sickle-wielder. Considering the vast history of
art, I've got to believe that there are instances where Time is
represented by other means--some not even anthropomorphic appearances
as a human but perhaps as an animal an object (even such a basic
object as a hourglass, watch, or other timepiece.)

What are the artistic representations of Time you're thinking of--the
ones where it appears as a old man with wings and a sickle?
Subject: Re: Analogy of Time
From: archae0pteryx-ga on 19 Mar 2006 00:27 PST
Well, there's Tiepolo's "Time Unveiling Truth," at Boston's Museum of
Fine Arts.  The link is a mile long, but just G**gle images with that

Subject: Re: Analogy of Time
From: myoarin-ga on 19 Mar 2006 03:56 PST
Hmm, still the "Grim Reaper" though, even it it looks like he is or
had been sowing some wild oats, depending on which of Tiepolo's
paintings you look at.

The reaper with his scythe eventually mows everything in the field  -
no selective pruning and weeding, leaving the better to survive.

The point of all representations of time is that it passes
unrelentingly, which for mortals immediately suggests that life has an
end.  The sand in the hourglass* flows, maybe it is shown close to
running out.  The passage of time and death are intrinsically related.

*I have sometimes wondered if kids understand that the image that pops on while
their computer is downloading is an hourglass.
Subject: Re: Analogy of Time
From: archae0pteryx-ga on 19 Mar 2006 11:20 PST
Hi there, Myo--

Might as well be a sundial, eh?  Heck, they probably don't even get
references to "the big hand" and "the little hand" or understand why
we "dial" a telephone number.  The first time I showed my son (then
about 8) my oldest typewriter, he was fascinated and entranced and
couldn't get enough of rolling paper in and out and--WOW!!--switching
from black ribbon to red.  Nobody who presses keys on a computer
keyboard is really "typing" at all.  Voila:  evolution of the language
by metaphorical extension.

Subject: Re: Analogy of Time
From: myoarin-ga on 19 Mar 2006 17:47 PST
Hya tryx,
I see that they have discovered what may be an even older bird that
your Archaeopteryx.

metaphorical extension:  It's happened before:  ships sail: people
douse the light, or put it out; and many more.

Take care, Myo
Subject: Re: Analogy of Time
From: archae0pteryx-ga on 20 Mar 2006 22:16 PST
Yup.  That's how I knew about it.  Much of the growth of the language
occurs that way, even in high-tech, where they make up words without
blinking an eye and without regard to parts of speech or logical
etymology.  Even there, old terms get stretched metaphorically to
assume new meanings.  It's a hard environment in which to serve as a
guardian of language, style, and usage.

Subject: Re: Analogy of Time
From: redcapelliragazo-ga on 26 Mar 2006 18:58 PST
Cool, thanks people for all you comments...

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