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  • Allegory of Chance

    Artist:
    Francken, Frans II. 1581-1642
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    151x181 cm

Francken, Frans II. 1581-1642

Allegory of Chance

Flanders, 1627

The artist depicted on a high pedestal a statue in the form of a nude female figure (with flyaway hair, a razor in her right hand and little wings on her heels) balancing on a sphere who is the embodiment of Chance. The lazy person (a male figure reclining on a pig to the left of the statue) lets slip the opportunity presented to him. The personage placed to the right of the sculpture has seized the opportunity, the favourable combination of circumstances, and achieved success. Winged Glory is leading the hero by the hand to a tent where he is to be crowned by the seated woman (an allegorical figure with a horn of plenty that evidently represents "Good Governance" which in times of peace allows the sciences and arts to flourish). In the foreground and on the left-hand side of the painting are figures embodying Dialectics (a gesticulating man), Geometry (a man with a pair of compasses), Astronomy (an old man with a celestial sphere at his feet), Science (a scholar at a desk) and Painting (an artist at the easel). In the lower right-hand corner lie attributes of Music (instruments and sheet music).

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Allegory of Chance

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oil

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151x181 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1921; formerly in the N.K. Roerich collection in Petrograd

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-6144

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