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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wheels of Fortune

The Wheel of Fortune, symbol of the fickleness of human fortune, has been represented in mosaics since the Roman times. 

Pompeii, 1st century AD

When this unique Roman Wheel of Fortune spins,  the rich (symbolised by the purple cloth on the left) becomes poor, and the poor (symbolised by the skin of a goat on the right) rich. 

Life, however, is very precarious, death is lurking at every moment,  suspended by a thread; if it breaks, the soul - symbolized by the butterfly - flies away.

Siena Duomo, 1372

Earliest panel of the Siena Duomo, the Wheel of Fortune was built in 1372. It was restored in the 1860s with many of its marble inlays replaced, worn nearly featureless by centuries of tramping pilgrims and tourists.

Koelner Dom, 1887

In this modern Wheel of Fortune mosaic (quite similar to the previous one) from the Cologne Cathedral (designed in 1885) a young man uses all his strength to spin the wheel of fortune. As the wheel turns, he is first carried upwards by a spoke of the wheel, experiences elation as he gets his heart’s desire, and is then carried downwards again. As the cycle begins again, the man contemplates the hand Fortune has dealt him.

New York, 20th century

Closer to us 20th century mosaic is located at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue Subway Station in New York. 

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