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Allegory of Fortune

Lorenzo Leombruno

This work was painted when the artist, still the court painter in Mantua, was heavily influenced by Mantegna. It is based on the second century writer Lucian’s description of an earlier work depicting Calumny by the Greek painter Apelles. The complex allegory is imbued with pessimism: the figure of Fortune, seated on a raised platform, dispenses money, sceptres and crowns (symbolising worldly success) to personifications of negative values while hurling instruments of torture and captivity.

Download hi-res image TITLE Allegory of Fortune
AUTHOR Lorenzo Leombruno
DATE c. 1523
OBJECT TYPE AND MATERIAL Oil on panel
DIMENSIONS cm 76 x 100
INVENTORY 2126
ROOM XXI
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