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Justice, plate 37 from Genii and Virtues

A work made of engraving in black on tan laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on tan 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, Justice is depicted with sword, scales, and a crane holding a rock—the symbol of vigilance. Medieval texts state that crane sentinels are given stones to verify their careful watch for danger. If they fall asleep and the stone drops, they have neglected their duty. Here, Justice is never sleeping and always vigilant.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Master of the E-Series Tarocchi

Title

Justice, plate 37 from Genii and Virtues

Place

Italy (Artist's nationality)

Date

1460–1470

Medium

Engraving in black on tan laid paper

Dimensions

17.8 × 9.9 cm (7 1/16 × 3 15/16 in.)

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

1924.39.25

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