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Plate 24: Geometria XXIIII, from E-Series Tarocchi Cards

Artist:
Anonymous, Italian, 15th century
Date:
15th century
Medium:
Engraving
Dimensions:
Sheet (Trimmed): 7 3/16 × 3 15/16 in. (18.2 × 10 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.1055.1
Not on view
Hovering above an imaginary landscape, a pregnant Geometry describes a square, triangle, and circle in the sky. The print belongs to the so-called E-Series Tarocchi Cards, a title that reflects an early misidentification of the cards with the Renaissance game of Tarocco (a precursor to Tarot). It is instead one of a set of fifty early Italian engravings illustrating the breadth of Renaissance knowledge. The group is divided into five series of ten cards covering: the Conditions of Man; Apollo and the Nine Muses; the seven liberal arts alongside the sciences of astrology, philosophy, and theology—which includes Geometria; the Cosmic Principles; and the Firmaments of the Universe.
Inscription: Inscribed in plate at bottom center: "GEOMETRIA XXIIII"; numbered bottom right: "24"

Marking: Stamped with collector's mark on lower right of verso in brown ink
Vendor: Robert Light
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Picturing Math: Selections from the Department of Drawings and Prints," January 31, 2017–May 1, 2017.

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