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Apollo, plate 20 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

These engravings, part of a “deck” of 50 images that resemble playing cards, were probably created in Ferrara. The enigmatic series is organized into five thematic groups: Conditions of Man, Apollo and the Muses, Arts and Sciences, Geniuses and Virtues, and Firmaments of the Universe. Not intended as tarot or playing cards, these tarocchi were most likely used as a didactic iconographical source or model book. Apollo, though crowned and seated on a celestial sphere, is shown in an unusual manner, alongside swans and what could be an ornamented mirror.

On View

Prints and Drawings, Gallery 204

Artist

Master of the E-Series Tarocchi

Title

Apollo, plate 20 from Apollo and the Muses

Origin

Italy

Date

1460–1470

Medium

Engraving on paper

Dimensions

177 × 100 mm (plate); 184 × 106 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

1924.39.36

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