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Prudence (from the Tarocchi, series B: Cosmic Principles & Virtues, #35)

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 (Light, Time, and Space) alongside the three theological virtues (Faith, Hope, and Charity) and the four cardinal ones (Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude, and Justice). The latter were regarded as the basic Christian principles required for a virtuous life.

Here, Prudence is personified as a full-length female figure with a bearded visage of an old man placed on the back of a graceful woman's head. These two profiles represent the ability to see the past and to observe the present and future, respectively. Prudence looks at her reflection in ...

before 1467
Engraving, hand-colored with gold
Image and text: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2023

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