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Father Time
Time
is the anthropomorphized depiction of time.

Contents

1 Description 2 In popular culture

2.1 Art 2.2 Books 2.3 Business and industry 2.4 Comics, magazines and periodicals 2.5 Film and television 2.6 Music 2.7 Sculpture

3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Description[edit] Father Time
Time
is usually depicted as an elderly bearded man with wings, dressed in a robe and carrying a scythe and an hourglass or other timekeeping device (which represents time's constant one-way movement, and more generally and abstractly, entropy). This image derives from several sources, including the Grim Reaper and the misattribution of Cronus
Cronus
(not Chronos) as the Greek Titan of human time, reaping and calendars, or the Lord of Time. Around New Year's Eve, the media (in particular editorial cartoons) use the convenient trope[1] of Father Time
Time
as the personification of the previous year (or "the Old Year") who typically "hands over" the duties of time to the equally allegorical Baby New Year
Baby New Year
(or "the New Year") or who otherwise characterizes the preceding year.[2][3] In these depictions, Father Time
Time
is usually depicted wearing a sash with the old year's date on it. Time
Time
(in his allegorical form) is often depicted revealing or unveiling the allegorical Truth, sometimes at the expense of a personification of Falsehood, Fraud, or Envy. This theme is related to the idea of veritas filia temporis ( Time
Time
is the father of Truth). In popular culture[edit] Father Time
Time
is an established symbol in numerous cultures, and appears in a variety of art and media. In some cases, they appear specifically as Father Time, while in other cases they may have another name (such as Saturn) but the characters demonstrate the attributes which Father Time
Time
has acquired over the centuries. Art[edit]

Chronos
Chronos
and his child by Giovanni Francesco Romanelli, National Museum in Warsaw, is a 17th-century depiction of Titan Cronus
Cronus
as "Father Time" wielding the harvesting scythe

Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time, a c.1545 painting by Agnolo Bronzino, currently at the National Gallery, London. An Allegory
Allegory
of Truth and Time, a 1584–85 painting by Annibale Carracci, currently in the Royal Collection Trust.[4] An Allegory
Allegory
of Truth, a 1596 painting by Gillis Coignet
Gillis Coignet
the Elder, showing Time
Time
presenting Truth. Time
Time
Rescuing Truth from Envy (Veritas Filia Temporis), a sixteenth-century print by Hieronymus Bosch, currently at the Baillieu Library, Melbourne. The Triumph of Truth (showing Time
Time
rescuing Truth), part of the 1622–25 Marie de' Medici cycle
Marie de' Medici cycle
of paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, currently in the Louvre. Time
Time
Vanquished by Love, Hope & Beauty, a 1627 painting by Simon Vouet, features Saturn in his incarnation as Father Time
Time
as the central figure. Currently in the collection of the Museo de Prado
Prado
in Madrid, Spain.[5] A Dance to the Music of Time, a 1634–36 painting by Nicolas Poussin, shows Time
Time
strumming a stringed instrument while several allegorical figures dance. Currently in the Wallace Collection, London.[6] Landscape with Time
Time
and Truth, a 1639 painting by Nicholas Poussin. Time
Time
Defending Truth Against the Attacks of Envy and Discord, a 1641-round ceiling painting by Nicholas Poussin. Time
Time
Reveals the Truth, a 1650 painting by Theodoor van Thulden.[7] Time
Time
Reveals the Truth: The Allegory, a 1657 painting by Theodoor van Thulden, currently at the State Hermitage Museum.[8] Time
Time
Being Overcome by Truth, a c.1665 painting by Pietro Liberi, currently in a private collection. Vanitas: Time
Time
Reveals the Truth, a c.1670 painting by Gian Domenico Cerrini. Time
Time
Destroys Beauty, a seventeenth-century painting by Giovanni Domenico Cerrini. Time
Time
Revealing Truth, late seventeenth- or early eighteenth-century painting by Sebastiano Ricci
Sebastiano Ricci
Belluno.[9] Time
Time
Unveiling Truth, a 1733 painting by Jean-François De Troy, currently at the National Gallery, London.[10] Time
Time
Saving Truth from Falsehood and Envy, a 1737 painting by François Le Moyne, currently in the Wallace Collection, London.[11] Time
Time
Unveiling Truth, a c.1743 painting by Giambattista Tiepolo, currently at the Museo Civico Palazzo Chiericati, Vicenza.[12] Time
Time
Uncovering Truth, a 1745 oval painting by Charles-Joseph Natoire, currently part of the Waddesdon Rothschild Collections, Aylesbury, UK.[13] Time
Time
Unveiling Truth, a 1745–50 painting by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, currently at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.[14] Time
Time
Hunting Envy and Discovering Truth, an eighteenth-century fresco by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
at the Villa Loschi-Zileri outside of Vicenza, Italy. Truth Rescued by Time, Witnessed by History, a 1812–14 painting by Francisco Goya, currently at the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm.[15]

Books[edit]

Old Father Time
Old Father Time
appears in the fantasy novel series Nightside as an elderly character tending to peoples' needs for time travel—and in some cases—guidance. Father Time
Time
appears in the fairy tale themed short story, written by L. Frank Baum. Entitled "The Capture of Father Time". That Father Time was captured by the son of an Arizonian cowboy named Jim because of his foolishness. Time
Time
is one of the Incarnations of Immortality in Piers Anthony's series of the same name. Time
Time
(also referred to as "Chronos") appears in several of the books and is the main character of Bearing an Hourglass. For most of the series he appears as a middle-aged man in a blue robe (which has the power to age to oblivion anything which attacks him) and bearing an hourglass which he can use to control the flow of time and move himself through both time and space. Father Time
Time
is painted in the ceiling of the dungeon, in the Edgar Allan Poe's short story The Pit and the Pendulum. Father Time
Time
also appeared in Mitch Albom's novel "The time keeper". Father Time
Time
also appeared in C.S. Lewis' novels The Silver Chair
The Silver Chair
and The Last Battle
The Last Battle
which are the final two novels (chronologically) in the series The Chronicles of Narnia.

Business and industry[edit]

Father Time
Time
was the logo for the Elgin Watch Company. Notable in the logo was that Father Time
Time
had switched out his traditional hourglass for a watch. Father Time
Time
appears on the Presidential Seal of the Actuaries Institute.

Comics, magazines and periodicals[edit]

Father Time
Time
made numerous appearances in the classic comic Little Nemo in Slumberland, both as a general representation of time and as a symbol of the new year.[16][17] A Norman Rockwell
Norman Rockwell
painting of Father Time
Time
appeared on 31 December 1910 cover of The Saturday Evening Post. Father Time
Time
is a recurring character in Tatsuya Ishida's webcomic Sinfest, often appearing as an infant immediately on or after the Western New Year, and as an old man fated to die during the end of the year.

Film and television[edit]

Father Time
Time
appears in The Blue Bird played by Thurston Hall. Father Time
Time
appears in Our Mr. Sun
Our Mr. Sun
voiced by Lionel Barrymore. Father Time
Time
appears in The Blue Bird played by Robert Morley. Father Time
Time
appears in the television special Rudolph's Shiny New Year voiced by Red Skelton, who also narrated the special. Father Time
Time
appears as a recurring character in The Smurfs voiced by Alan Oppenheimer. Father Time
Time
appears as one of the main characters in Histeria!
Histeria!
voiced by Frank Welker. In Flint the Time
Time
Detective, the Old Timer is depicted as a Father Time-like character. Father Time
Time
appears in The Santa Clause 2
The Santa Clause 2
and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause portrayed by Peter Boyle. He is shown as a member of the Council of Legendary Figures alongside Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Cupid, Mother Nature, the Sandman, the Tooth Fairy, and Jack Frost. Father Time
Time
appeared in Regular Show
Regular Show
episode called "It's Time" voiced by Alan Sklar. He appears to be made out of clocks and wears a purple hat. A song in the animated version of Charlotte's Web
Charlotte's Web
is titled "Mother Earth and Father Time". Father Time
Time
is a character that appears in The Fairly OddParents episode "Timmy's Secret Wish!" voiced by Jeff Bennett. A character in Danny Phantom
Danny Phantom
created by Butch Hartman
Butch Hartman
embodies Father Time
Time
and is named Clockwork (voiced by David Carradine). He is known as the master of time, and is depicted as a child, young man, and old man in a constantly changing cycle. He also has a variety of timekeeping devices on his person, and wields a staff that can be transformed into a scythe. He first appeared in the special episode "The Ultimate Enemy". "Father Time" is a character in Jude the Obscure, a novel by Thomas Hardy. Father Time
Time
is the name given to Jude Fawley's son, who is dreadfully melancholy and commits suicide at a young age. In Mitch Albom's latest book The Time
Time
Keeper, Dor, the central character, is Father Time. He is freed from exile and sent to Earth on the condition that he teaches two people on Earth the true importance of time, a teenage girl who does not wish to live anymore, and a dying old billionaire who wishes to live forever. Father Time
Time
appeared in a version of YooHoo & Friends produced by David Feiss where he was depicted as a blue Viking-like ogre who transformed five business executives into cute animals. Father Time
Time
appears in season 3, episode 3 of Boardwalk Empire
Boardwalk Empire
at Nucky Thompson's New Year's Eve party.

Music[edit]

"Father Time" is a song, composed by Ralph Towner, from Ralph Towner, Wolfgang Muthspiel
Wolfgang Muthspiel
and Slava Grigoryan's album "Travel Guide". "Father Time" is a song from power metal band Stratovarius's album Episode. "Father Time" is a song from hard rock band Shark Island's album Law of the Order. "Father Time" is the name of a song on Richie Sambora's album Stranger in This Town. "Father Time" is the name of a song on Blind Melon's album For My Friends. "Father Time" is the name of a song on Animal Collective's album Centipede Hz. "Old Father Time" is the name of a song on Peter Yarrow's album That's Enough for Me "Father Time" is the nickname for bassist Leland Sklar. "Father Time" is referenced in Lil' Wayne's song 6 Foot 7 Foot. "Father Time" is referenced in the Death Cab for Cutie
Death Cab for Cutie
song What Sarah Said. "Father Time" is referenced in the Metallica
Metallica
song Minus Human. "Father Time" is referenced in the Mark Chesnutt
Mark Chesnutt
and Don Everly
Don Everly
song Brother Jukebox. "Father Time" is referenced in the Parkway Drive
Parkway Drive
song Home Is for the Heartless.

Sculpture[edit]

Old Father Time
Old Father Time
is a weather vane at Lord's Cricket Ground, London, in the shape of Father Time. Father Time
Time
is the central figure in Lorado Taft's 1922 Chicago fountain, Fountain of Time. Father Time, complete with scythe, is the central figure in the Rotunda Clock by John Flanagan, located in the rotunda of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the U.S. Library of Congress
Library of Congress
in Washington, D.C.. Father Time
Time
and the Virgin is a statue located on the cupola of the Masonic Hall at Mendocino, California. An old statue of Father Time
Time
sits on the grounds at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England. A clock featuring Father Time, created by Guéret Frêres, Atelier Cartier, and Vincenti et Cie, may be viewed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[18] The museum also owns a drawing that is a study for a similar clock.[19] Truth Unveiled by Time
Time
is the subject of a sculpture by Bernini, though the figure of Time
Time
was never executed.[20]

See also[edit]

Chronos Zurvan William Imray

References[edit]

^ Mike Luckovich Copyright 2010 Creators Syndicate. "Father time takes a beating – Foreign Relations Political and Editorial Cartoons". The Week. Retrieved 2012-08-12.  ^ "The Father Time
Time
Comics and Cartoons – Cartoonist Group – Lisa Benson's Editorial Cartoons". Cartoonist Group. Retrieved 2012-08-12.  ^ dePIXion studios www.depixion.com. "AAEC – Political Cartoons". Editorialcartoonists.com. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-12.  ^ "An Allegory
Allegory
of Truth and Time". Royal Collection Trust. 2017. Retrieved 13 Nov 2017.  ^ "Museo Nacional del Prado: On-line gallery". Museodelprado.es. 15 September 2009. Retrieved 2012-08-12.  ^ "A Dance to the Music of Time". The Wallace Collection. Retrieved 22 October 2017.  ^ "Theodoor van Thulden: Time
Time
Revealing Truth, c. 1650". Vivat! Crescat! Floreat!. 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2017-11-13.  ^ " Time
Time
Reveals the Truth. The Allegory". Retrieved 13 November 2017.  ^ " Sebastiano Ricci
Sebastiano Ricci
Belluno 1659-1734 Venice". Christie's. Retrieved 13 November 2017.  ^ " Time
Time
Unveiling Truth". The National Gallery. Retrieved 22 October 2017.  ^ " Time
Time
Saving Truth from Falsehood and Envy". The Wallace Collection. Retrieved 22 October 2017.  ^ "Truth Unveiled by Time
Time
- Civic Art Gallery of Palazzo Chiericati - Musei Civici Vicenza". www.museicivicivicenza.it. Retrieved 2017-11-13.  ^ Plock, Phillippa (2011). " Time
Time
Uncovering Truth". Waddesdon Collection. Retrieved 22 October 2017.  ^ " Time
Time
Unveiling Truth". Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Retrieved 22 October 2017.  ^ "Truth, Time
Time
and History". Nationalmuseum. Retrieved 13 November 2017.  ^ "Digital Collection of Classic Comic Strips". Comic Strip Library. 31 December 1905. Retrieved 2012-08-12.  ^ "Digital Collection of Classic Comic Strips". Comic Strip Library. 29 December 1907. Retrieved 2012-08-12.  ^ "The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
– Clock with Father Time". Metmuseum.org. Retrieved 2012-08-12.  ^ "The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
– Father Time
Time
on a Globe; Design for a Clock". Metmuseum.org. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-12.  ^ "Truth Revealed by Time
Time
Galleria Borghese - Sito ufficiale". galleriaborghese.beniculturali.it. Retrieved 2017-11-15. 

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