Inconstant Fortune

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Fortune is depicted as a woman holding a vessel and standing next to sphere resting on a column
Fortuna inconstans (inconstant fortune).

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The Getty Research Institute, The Internet Archive

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Fortune is depicted as a winged woman with a vessel in her hand, standing next to sphere resting on a short column. The main motif is set inside an ornamental frame with architectural decoration. The allegory is explained as follows by the author:

As the wind, the air and the clouds are variable, and as one sees in summer a cloud full of heavy rain being borne, now hither now thither, by the impetuosity of the winds, so the inconstancy of Fortune could not be better displayed than by depicting her with wings…

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