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Mercury, plate 42 from Planets and Spheres

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

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Date:

c. 1465

Artist:

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

About this artwork

Mercury is part of a 50-card set known as the Tarocchi, which were not tarot cards but which probably served a didactic purpose as a memory game. The unknown artist worked in a strongly linear, dry style with a touch of the grotesque. These engravings emphasize the gods’ mythology over their astrological significance. The prints present curious details, such as Mercury standing over the severed head of Argus and its hundred eyes.

On View

Prints and Drawings, Gallery 204

Artist

Master of the E-Series Tarocchi

Title

Mercury, plate 42 from Planets and Spheres

Origin

Italy

Date

1460–1470

Medium

Engraving on paper

Dimensions

179 × 100 mm (plate); 185 × 106 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

1924.39.20

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