In this picture, which is sometimes also called Allegory of Lies, “there are distinct literary features. There is an opinion that Rosa illustrated her moralizing poem with her. I wash blush and paint off my face.”
The exact time of writing the Lie is not possible to establish. Obviously, however, it refers to the Florentine period, as evidenced by the manner of its execution. Smooth “painting, discreet and clear drawing, bright coloring – all this indicates Rosa’s susceptibility to classic influences, extremely strong in Florence at that time.
An indirect indication of the time to create a picture is the age of the main character. His artist wrote from himself. In the Allegory of Lies, “Rose looks a few years older than on the famous Self-portrait,” dated 1641, which makes it possible to refer the picture to the mid-1640s.