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Euterpe, plate eighteen from Apollo and the Muses

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

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  • A work made of engraving on paper.

Date:

c. 1465

Artist:

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

About this artwork

This engraving comes from a set of 50 cryptic tarocchi (tarot) cards that neither tell fortunes nor constitute a modern deck of cards. Instead, these didactic flashcards illustrate the abstract forces affecting mankind. The sequence Apollo and the Muses includes Euterpe, the Muse of music, shown here with her attribute, the double flute. She was later known as the Muse of lyric poetry. The Muses were typically invoked at the beginning of an epic poem, as in Canto II of Dante’s Inferno: “O Muses, O lofty genius, aid me now!”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Master of the E-Series Tarocchi

Title

Euterpe, plate eighteen from Apollo and the Muses

Place

Italy (Artist's nationality)

Date

1460–1470

Medium

Engraving on paper

Dimensions

Plate: 17.9 × 10 cm (7 1/16 × 3 15/16 in.); Sheet: 18.4 × 10.5 cm (7 1/4 × 4 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

1924.39.12

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