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The Sun, plate 44 from Planets and Spheres

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

These so-called tarot cards were probably used as teaching tools—pamphlets or sets of flashcards— for noblemen or students. They instilled the traditional hierarchies of society and philosophy in five ascending series: Ranks and Conditions of Men, Apollo and the Muses, Arts and Sciences, Planets and Spheres, and Genii and Virtues. Artists also reused figures from these engravings in their art. The tarrochi are sometimes found bound as books, reinforcing their educational content. The Sun, with its curious conjunction of the zodiac’s Scorpio and a falling child, comes from the series Planets and Spheres


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Prints and Drawings


Master of the E-Series Tarocchi


The Sun, plate 44 from Planets and Spheres


Italy (Artist's nationality)




Engraving on paper


Sheet: 18.5 × 10.5 cm (7 5/16 × 4 3/16 in.); Plate: 18 × 10 cm (7 1/8 × 3 15/16 in.)

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

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