Genius of the World (from the Tarocchi, series B: Cosmic Principles & Virtues, #33)

Genius of the World (from the Tarocchi, series B: Cosmic Principles & Virtues, #33)

before 1467

Part of a set. See all set records

Master of the E-Series Tarocchi

(Italian, 15th century)


Dudley P. Allen Fund 1924.432.33

Catalogue raisonné: Hind E.I. 33a



This engraving is part of the group marked with the letter “B,” and named Cosmic Principles and the Virtues, which comprises the three Universal principles or Genii (Light, Time, and Space) alongside the four cardinal virtues (Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude, and Justice) and the three theological ones (Faith, Hope, and Charity). The three allegorical figures of the Genii open group B and appear to be an artistic invention of the author of the Tarocchi series.

Here, Cosmico (Genius of the World) is personified as a full-length winged male youth, in frontal view. Behind him is a forest. In his right hand, Cosmico holds up a celestial sphere.

See also
PR - Engraving
Type of artwork: 
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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