(b. 1518, Venezia, d. 1594, Venezia)

Allegory of Fortune (Felicità)

Oil on canvas, 90 x 190 cm
Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice

A chalk drawing, which for the larger version Tintoretto transferred to the canvas by means of a graph, was the model for this ceiling painting. Seated on a cloud and surrounded by cherubim, the female allegorical figure is bending down to the viewer as if through an opening in the roof. A compromise between a view from below and a less extreme lateral view was chosen.

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