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  • Clare Gibson

    Charity, c.1465, an engraved paper card from the 'Tarocchi Cards of Mantegna' ('E series'); Charity is personified as a woman shaking coins from a purse and parting her cloak with her hand to reveal her flaming heart; at left a pelican piercing its breast to feed its young (a symbol of charity and selfless love); at lower centre 'CHARITA XXXVIII'. (British Museum)

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