Wheel of Fortune, illumination from the Ammaestramenti degli Antichi by Bartolomeo Da San Concordio, c. 1342.
Wheel of Fortune, From Gregor Reisch, Margarite Philosophiea c. 1503
This is an amazing image from fresco circa 1470:
And this wonderful image, as shown on Michael Hurst's weblog:
and some varitions... this a modern card based on an German image from 151a:
16th century woodcut:
Isn't this lovely? It's one of my favourites, French MS. ca. 1470:
Historically, I think a great question to ask is "Why does the Tarot de Marseille have only three figures on the Wheel instead of the much more standard four figures?"
There are exceptions, I remember Jean-Michel sharing some in the past. But, don't we also need to explain whey the fourth figure is missing? I'm very comfortable with with the four traditional "positions"... "I will reign, I reign, and I have reigned, and I have no reign."
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