Geometry (Geometria XXIIII)

Master of the E-Series Tarocchi Italian

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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.

Geometry (Geometria XXIIII), Master of the E-Series Tarocchi (Italian, active Ferrara, 1460's), Engraving

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