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Winged Temperance - XV Century


The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan displays an ancient octagonal box decorated with images of the virtues. The box is made of wood and bone. It was produced in the XV Century by a workshop known as the “Embriachi”. Members of the Embriachi family were active both in Florence and Venice. What I find interesting in this box is that the virtues present the polygonal halo we recently discussed about the so called Gringonneur / Charles VI Tarot. Moreover, the allegories of the virtues have wings. I thought that a Winged Temperance was a later interpolation introduced in the Marseille pattern, but this object makes it clear that the representation of Temperance as an angel has a more ancient origin.

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Both Temperance and Justice closely match to the corresponding Charles VI cards .

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