Misfortunes Come Quickly

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Ill-fortune is symbolized by a naked woman riding a bird and brandishing punishment instruments
Fata adversa volant (misfortunes come quickly).

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The Getty Research Institute, The Internet Archive

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Ill Fortune is symbolized by a naked woman riding a bird flying across a river surrounded by clouds. The main motif is set inside an ornamental frame with architectural decoration. The allegory is explained as follows by the author:

In this place you see ill or adverse Fortune, seated on the eagle, the swiftest of all birds, holding in her two hands rods, whips, and arrows, the weapons proper to her…

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