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(Italian, 15th century)
Engraving hand-colored with gold
Dudley P. Allen Fund 1924.432.3
Catalogue raisonné: Hind E.I. 3a
This engraving is part of the Tarocchi group marked with the letter “E,” and named Conditions of Man. This series outlines the social and hierarchical order of ten characters (Beggar, Servant, Artisan, Merchant, Gentleman, Knight, Doge King, Emperor, and Pope), starting from the lower grade and ending with the most important one.
Here, Artixan (The Artisan) is shown as a male figure, working from behind a desk in his workshop. In the background, a fire is burning on the left, while an apprentice is standing behind the artisan on the right.
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