The Hours


ReniPCOnce well known, the Hours are now generally passing unrecognized on cameos, with the exception of those circling Apollo's Chariot of the Sun in cameo copies of Guido Reni's famous painting of Aurora leading the morining procession.  In fact, they appear in one form or another with some frequency, either as individual figures taken from the lost series of frescoes known as "Raphael's Hours of the Day and of the Night", where they sometimes wear wings that readily lead to an identification as Psyche.  They appear in other scenes: leading horses from the Olympian stables; sometimes themselves serving to draw a chariot; sometimes leading the way ahead of one.  They may or may not be correctly identified but Wedgwood's Dancing Hours are ubiquitous.