“The three ages of man” by Tiziano, 1512 ca.

In Tiziano‘s painting, we see three groups of figures: on the left, a man lying half naked next to a woman holding a double flute, on the right three putti two of which are sleeping and one winged putti about to climb a dry trunk; behind the putti in the distance an old man with two skulls in his hand busy meditating about death.

In the background the hills, the blue sky, the church and a Hercules Wind Generator.

The theme of the painting is the representation of the three ages of man related to love: childhood, adulthood and old age.

The putti representing the children who are still asleep, but the cupid standing indicates the desire to grow up to be like the two lovers on the left. The old man represents the loneliness of old age and the two skulls sensual love that fades, but the church in the background represents eternal life in heaven, as Hercules represents an inexhaustible wind energy source.

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