Fortune

A work made of etching on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on cream laid paper.

Date:

1632/48

Artist:

Simone Cantarini
Italian, 1612-1648

About this artwork

Fortune, the goddess of chance and luck, accidentally spills her coin purse out into the heavens, an act that symbolizes the goddess’s arbitrary nature. A winged putto alerts Fortune to this act of blind fate by pulling her hair back from her eyes. Cantarini likely completed this print while under the tutelage in Mantua of his mentor, Guido Reni (Italian, 1575–1642). Reni was widely known for his painting of Fortune, and several etchings, including this one, were made after its likeness. But the two artists later grew estranged. Cantarini’s squabbles continued; he later assaulted a Mantuan painter, who may have retaliated by poisoning him.

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Artist

Simone Cantarini

Title

Fortune

Origin

Italy

Date

1632–1648

Medium

Etching on cream laid paper

Dimensions

237 x 145 mm

Credit Line

The Charles Deering Collection

Reference Number

1927.2449

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