Fortune Distributing Her Gifts--Left Sheet
Jan Harmensz. Muller, Dutch, 1571 - 1628. After a painting by Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem, Dutch (active Haarlem), 1562 - 1638.
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Fortune controlled the fates of gods, heroes, and common men in classical mythology and religion. In the Netherlands in the sixteenth century, Fortune was also believed to play an important role in governing the risk-taking international ventures of the expanding merchant class.