Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Continuing on the Triumphal theme, here is a 15th century depiction of the Triumph of Fame. In an interesting essay that appears in the Association for Tarot Studies newsletter titled Petrarch's Triumphs and the Creation of Tarot, Robert Mealing matches the Fame triumph with The World. I would match Fame with the Wheel of Fortune, since Fame, like Fortuna, can be fickle and fleeting, and someone can be famous one day and forgotten the next.

Above is a lovely 2nd century Roman mosaic of a Triumph with Venus and Neptune. I immediately thought of the Lovers, of course.

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