The Allegory of Monarchy, Time and Life by Pere Pau Muntanya

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The Allegory of Monarchy, Time and Life by Pere Pau Muntanya occupies the ceiling of the presidential office of the Chamber of Commerce. In the centre of the composition are three figures on a cloud. The central figure, a seated matron, illuminated by beams of celestial light, crowned and splendidly dressed, represents Monarchy. With her right hand, and with the help of two cherubs, she slightly raises a veil that covers a half-naked female figure who represents Life. On the left of Monarchy, seated at her feet, is Time, a naked old man with a scythe in his left hand.

In the upper part of the work, four angels hold crowns of palm leaves, a symbol of joy, and laurel leaves, a symbol of victory, over Monarchy’s head. At one end there are two unidentified female figures seated on a cloud and conversing peacefully. In the lower part, on the left, are Industry and Commerce, the latter holding Mercury’s staff in one hand and the horn of plenty in the other. Commerce and Industry are spurring on a ferocious-looking man waving a stick and chasing three terrified, half-naked figures that symbolise poverty and calamity.

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