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Prudence, plate 35 from Genii and Virtues

A work made of engraving on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on paper.


c. 1465


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

About this artwork

This card, Prudence, depicts a woman draped in billowy fabric with a mirror in front of her. A cupid figure holds the mirror while standing on a pedestal. The arresting aspect of the image is the man’s face on the back of the woman’s head, which jarringly contrasts with her delicate beauty. In this case, the double face of the figure represents foresight and experience. There is also a stylized dragon at the woman’s feet, which is reminiscent of a lap dog rather than a monster, and she seems to be imprudently unconcerned with the creature.


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Master of the E-Series Tarocchi


Prudence, plate 35 from Genii and Virtues


Italy (Artist's nationality)




Engraving on paper


18 × 10 cm (7 1/8 × 3 15/16 in.)

Credit Line

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

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