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Allegory of Success (15th C Version)

success allegoryWhile on holiday in Florence last week, I saw this beautiful painting in the Uffuzi Gallery. Painted in the fifteenth century, it’s an allegory of success. Riding on the head of a dolphin, holding a sail, hoping to catch the fickle winds of fortune, I think it’s about as apt an allegory for the vagaries of success as any I can imagine.