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Note there are verbs of transmission, such as ‘portray’, ‘depict’, ‘show’, as well as verbs of reception like ‘see’.

Poussin depicts a male figure in black with his back to the viewer, together with Time, who we see has exchanged his scythe for Orpheus’s lyre. He shows a small putto with an hour glass at Time's feet, with another putto blowing bubbles. Bacchus is represented as both a young and old man on the left, facing Pleasure. (But as far as we know there was never any person such as Father Time, Apollo, Bacchus, nor any other of the individuals or creatures depicted by Poussin in his allegorical scenes).

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