"Per che la voglia mia saria contenta d'intender qual fortuna mi s'appressa: ché saetta previsa vien più lenta."
"Thus, my desire would be appeased if I might know what fortune is approaching me: the arrow one foresees arrives more gently."
-Dante Alighieri, "Paradiso," Canto XVII, 25
In this piece, I depicted a palmistry chart, mostly focusing on hand shapes and fingers, as I'll have to make another one focusing on lines and fingerprint meanings, in somewhat of a medieval illustration style that was present in many occult depictions. The artwork is called "Hand of Fate," and it reflects the idea that our hands hold our destiny, as believed by many throughout history.
The use of ancient symbols, intricate details, and bold colors in this piece adds to its medieval aesthetic. The hand in the center is the focal point of the artwork, with each finger representing a different aspect of fate. The quote included in the illustration (above) comes from Dante's "Paradiso," and insists that when you know what's to come, it denotes less anxiety and hastiness, as the arrow one can prepare in advance. This quote adds depth to the artwork, linking it to the concept of fate and its impact on our lives.
Hand shapes have always been associated with various meanings and interpretations in palmistry.
And in this case, there's the insistence that fate is not only seen on our hands but lies in it as well. You can be told your fate, but you make your own destiny. Don't wait for it to happen to you.