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Philosofia - XVIII of Mantegna Tarot

Philosofia - XVIII


Likely to make the ten full, the Mantegna Tarot added three additional cards to the Seven Liberal Arts, following their ascension to the highest level. Here we have Philosophy, which the Medievals quite often depicted as the maternal custodian of the Liberal Arts. She is shown as an armored woman carrying shield and spear, any most likely meant to be Pallas Athena (Minerva). The Greek goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare made a good patron for the arts and became a symbol for philosophy.

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