Aug 24, 2006

Saturn (from the Tarocchi, series A: Firmaments of the Universe, #47)

Saturn (from the Tarocchi, series A: Firmaments of the Universe, #47)

before 1467

Part of a set. See all set records

Master of the E-Series Tarocchi

(Italian, 15th century)


Dudley P. Allen Fund 1924.432.47

Catalogue raisonné: Hind E.I. 47a



This engraving is part of the Tarocchi group marked with the letter “A”, and named Firmaments of the Universe. This series comprises the seven planets from the classical astronomy (Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn) and the three celestial spheres that separate them from the Supreme Entity (Prima Causa) from which everything was originated.

Here, Saturno (Saturn) is personified as a full-length old male figure, turned to left. He rests on his sickle, at the top of which is a serpent biting its own tail. Saturn is about to devour one of his children, whilst the other four are seated at his feet.

See also
PR - Engraving
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Dudley P. Allen Fund

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