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The Emperor, plate nine of The Ranks and Conditions of Man

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

The deck of fifty so-called Tarocchi are not tarots in the modern, fortune-telling sense, nor were they intended as playing cards. No cut-out impressions mounted for play are known, and they lack the suits and numbers of a regular deck. Instead, these delicately engraved didactic allegories are grouped in five numbered ranks describing the workings of the spheres of man, the muses, the liberal arts, the cosmos, and the heavens in order of increasing significance, and offer a didactic sequence to educate courtly youths or possibly university students, who could have used them as flashcards or a pamphlet.

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Artist

Master of the E-Series Tarocchi

Title

The Emperor, plate nine of The Ranks and Conditions of Man

Origin

Italy

Date

1460–1470

Medium

Engraving on paper

Dimensions

175 × 97 mm

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

1938.1123

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