The Great Fortune, c. 1501-1502

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Bequest of Herschel V. Jonesexpand_more  P.68.148

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In this print Dürer combines Nemesis, the classical goddess of retribution, whose goblet and bridle represent favor and castigation, with the traditional winged figure of Fortune standing on a globe. The landscape beneath the figure has been identified as a view of Chiuso, a town in the Tyrol which Dürer presumably drew during his first journey to Venice in 1494-95. In his landscape, Dürer combines both a panoramic vastness and an amazing amount of identifiable detail. It looks remarkably like a view a modern traveler has from an airplane.

Details
Title
The Great Fortune
Artist Life
1471–1528
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.68.148
Provenance
W. H. F. K. Graf von Lepell (L. 1672); Berlin Print Room (L. 1606 & 2398); M. J. Perry (L. 1880); Rouiller Gallery, 1916
Catalogue Raisonne
B.77; M.72 iia/iif; Holl. 72 b/b; D.33
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