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The Wheel of Fortune
BURNE-JONES, Sir Edward (1833 - 1898)
Date: 1882 c.
Media: oil on canvas
Size: 152.3 x 73.7 cm
Acquired: 1940; Gift; Margaret Davies
Accession Number: NMW A 206
Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection
This unfinished painting of about 1882 depicts the medieval theme of the wheel of fortune, which lifts or abases man as it is turned by the goddess Fortuna. The drawing of the nudes and the drapery of the goddess reveal the artist's careful study of Michelangelo.