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The Wheel of Fortune

BURNE-JONES, Sir Edward (1833 - 1898)

The Wheel of Fortune

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.

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