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Fortitude, plate 36 from Genii and Virtues

A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper.

Date:

c. 1465

Artist:

Master of the E-Series Tarocchi
Italian, active c. 1465

About this artwork

This delicate work, designed and engraved by an unknown artist, is from a series of 50 prints erroneously thought to be Tarocchi, a deck of tarot cards. The allegorical figures illustrate the breadth of human knowledge and ability: liberal arts and sciences, cardinal and spiritual virtues, and cosmic powers. Here, the personification of strength wears lion armor and holds a broken column—an allusion to the biblical figure Samson, whose final powerful act was toppling a building, killing his captors and himself.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Master of the E-Series Tarocchi

Title

Fortitude, plate 36 from Genii and Virtues

Place

Italy (Artist's nationality)

Date

1460–1470

Medium

Engraving in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

Plate: 18 × 10 cm (7 1/8 × 3 15/16 in.); Sheet: 18.6 × 10.5 cm (7 3/8 × 4 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1924.39.24

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