- Reference number
- Rubens, Peter Paul (Flemish)
- 182,3 cm x 100,5 cm
- Figura Humana
- On display
- Colección Real (Torre de la Parada, El Pardo-Madrid, pieza primera, 1747, nº 19; Academia, Sala Reservada, 1827, nº 68).
The sphere on which she stands identifies this figure as the goddess Fortune, who navigates over the world. She holds a grey robe in her left hand, using it like a sail to advance. The fanciful Fortune can bring happiness, but also misfortune, as is symbolized by the incipient storm in the background.
This work was made for the Torre de la Parada, a small royal palace near Madrid. It is likely that one of Ruben's disciples painted part of it. The composition follows the representation of some emblems by the Italian writer, Alciato, as well as certain prints by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528).
It was long thought to be a depiction of Venus, as it is paired with Vulcan (P1676), and because of the iconographical similarities between the two deities.