The Fortune Teller
Caravaggio’s The Fortune Teller depicts a woman reading the palm of what seems to be a wealthy, young man. The two subjects are gazing into each other’s eyes as the gypsy gently strokes the man’s hand. The colors in this painting are mostly earth tones, which induce a calm feeling. The background is very plain, and I imagine the atmosphere around the man and woman to be silent and peaceful. The woman seems to be in control, and I believe this suggests that Caravaggio thought positively about gypsies and fortune telling. In contrast, Café Fortune Teller by Mary Hoover Aiken is very different. In this painting, the atmosphere is chaotic. Everyone seems to be moving and looking in separate directions. The woman fortune teller sits alone, reading her own fortune, while nobody else in the café seems to be interested in her. The scene is painted in black and white, and the woman looks relatively poor. This painting appears to be a more negative depiction of fortune telling.