Pietro Paolini

The Fortune Teller

The Fortune Teller by Pietro Paolini
The Fortune Teller by Pietro Paolini

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The Fortune Teller displays the exaggerated tenebrism (contrasting light and shadow) that was initiated by Caravaggio. Symbolic elements such as the mirror that the young man on the left is holding suggests vanity, while the garlic on his head may imply witchcraft. The gypsy fortune teller here acts as a procuress, telling the naive young woman she should accept the advances of her suitor. The latter, of course, has paid the fortune teller for the reading.

Title
The Fortune Teller
Artist/creator
Production date
Unknown
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
1080 x 1702 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr Norman B Spencer, 1961
Accession no
1961/2
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
On display

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