Joseph Heintz II
German painter active during fifty years in Venice
Probably Augsburg circa 1600 – 1678 Venice
An Allegory of Fortune
Oil on canvas : 137,2 X 97,8 cm
Frame : 179,7 X 139,4 cm
I would like to thank Prof. Dr. Jan De Maere for the attribution.
In this complex Vanitas painting Fortuna, the Graeco-Roman Allegory of Fortune, warns humanity for a difficult future ahead: a choice between peace and prosperity at left or war and destruction at right.
Joseph Heintz the Younger lost his father, also a well-known painter, at a young age. Our painter led during fifty years a successful career in Venice.