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ALLEGORY OF MERCURY, 1496. Personification of Mercury, the planet of science

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ALLEGORY OF MERCURY, 1496. Personification of Mercury, the planet of science

ALLEGORY OF MERCURY, 1496. Personification of Mercury, the planet of science and the arts. Woodcut from Nicolas Le Rouges Le grand kalendrier des bergieres, Troyes, 1496

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1496 Allegory Apron Astrology Astronomer Astronomy Bench Chisel Craftsman Easel Greek Head Dress Hermes Le Grant Kalendrier Et Compost Le Rouge Mallet Mercury Nicola Nicolas Nude Paint Brush Painter Palette Personification Planet Pouch Sculptor Snake Star Stool Wood Cut


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This print titled "ALLEGORY OF MERCURY, 1496" takes us back to the Renaissance era, where art and science intertwined harmoniously. The personification of Mercury, the planet associated with both science and the arts, is beautifully depicted in this woodcut from Nicolas Le Rouges' Le grand kalendrier des bergieres. In this image, we see a late medieval interpretation of Mercury seated on a stool or bench. Nude except for an apron around his waist, he exudes an air of wisdom and knowledge. A snake slithers at his feet, symbolizing his connection to alchemy and transformation. Mercury wears a Greek-inspired head dress and holds various tools of craftsmanship: a paintbrush, palette, chisel, mallet - representing his role as both painter and sculptor. His pouch suggests that he carries secrets or hidden knowledge within. Surrounded by celestial elements such as stars and planets on an easel behind him, Mercury embodies the fusion of astronomy and astrology during this period. He represents not only the god Hermes but also serves as an allegory for human creativity in all its forms. This exquisite woodcut showcases French artist Nicola's skillful rendering of Mercury's attributes while capturing the essence of Renaissance ideals. It serves as a reminder that artistry and scientific exploration are forever entwined in our pursuit of understanding the world around us.

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