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Dürer, Albrecht [German, 1471-1528]

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Title:  Melencolia I
Artist:  Dürer, Albrecht [German, 1471-1528]
Year:  1514
Material:  Engraving
Dimensions:  24 cm × 18.8 cm (9.4 in × 7.4 in)
Notes:  Perhaps the most well-known example of the artistic use of a Magic Square is the 4x4 Magic Square of Jupiter in an engraving by Albrecht Dürer, Melencolia I, (1514; the year of the death of Dürerís mother). It exhibits the classic properties which make it a Magic Square, through the orderliness of numbers; i.e., each line (horizontal, vertical, diagonal) add up to 34. It was thought to be a magical talisman to attract Jupiter (The god who could heal the effects of Saturn). In the Western magical tradition, 4 is considered the number of Jupiter; it is Chesed (Hebrew: חֶסֶד) the 4th Sefira of the Hebrew Kabbalah.

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