The Wheel of Fortune
Posted: 12 Nov 2009, 22:04
A thread to discuss the iconography of The Wheel of Fortune
Over 500 years of history in 78 cards
I think they are part of the thrones, but this does not necessarily exclude that they play a role in the allegory.Pen wrote:I wonder if the small animals (dogs? foxes?) on either side of the Kings are part of the thrones, or whether they hint that the king(s) is supported by a lower strata of life?
I think you're quite right to read a contrast between the two images, and yes, a 14th century commentary in a missal!Pen wrote:Fascinating, wonderfully expressive drawing. Humans in one image, animals in the other, as if the illustrator is pointing out a direct parallel, making a political statement. If so, is he comparing Charles IV to Reynard the fox, and who does the ram below the wheel, the donkey and the other fox(?) in a monk's habit represent? (not to mention the human figures in the other image). I wonder if the small animals (dogs? foxes?) on either side of the Kings are part of the thrones, or whether they hint that the king(s) is supported by a lower strata of life? Perhaps I'm reading too much into this...
Michael J. Hurst has commented the blog, providing a convincing explanation:marco wrote: In the left "wheel", I am quite puzzled by the left and right figures. The one on the right seems to hold an Eucharistic cup. The one on the left holds a sickle. What do they mean?