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La Fortuna

Simone Cantarini, an eminent pupil of Guido Reni, was a gifted engraver in the tradition of the Carracci. He developed an original style that united aspects of Bolognese classicism with a bold naturalism. La Fortuna shows how much Cantarini was indebted to the art of his master. The Allegory of Fortune by Guido Reni, now in the Pinacoteca Vaticana, is the source of inspiration for Cantarini’s print, which was most likely executed right after he left Reni’s workshop in 1637. The classical gentleness of Reni’s style permeates the figures, but this work also attests to Cantarini’s more mature and autonomous style.

Simone Cantarini
Italian, 1612–1648
La Fortuna
ca.1637
Etching on paper
Image/sheet: 9 ¼ x 5 5/8 in. (23.5 x 14.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Gloria Middeldorf in memory of Ulrich Middeldorf, 87.26.3.137