Allegory of Fortune  1659

by Salvator Rosa

A personification of Fortune bestows symbols of wealth, status, and power on dumb animals who neither need nor deserve them. Fortune is usually represented with a blindfold, but Salvator Rosa showed her fully aware of her favors. Similarly, the cornucopia is usually shown facing upward; by depicting it overturned, Rosa expressed reckless extravagance. [br] The beasts, po...
200.7 × 133 cm (79 × 52 3/8 in.)
Oil on canvas
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