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The Housebook Master
Middle Rhenish, active c. 1465/1500
Mars and His Children, from The Housebook, 1475-1485
pen and ink with watercolor and metal leaf
Collection of the Princes of Waldburg-Wolfegg


detail images

Planets: Mars

Mars wearing battle armor charges at a full gallop. The signs for Aries and Scorpio appear beside him. Below, vignettes of warfare and pillage demonstrate the tendencies of this planet's children, who are described in the accompanying verses as wrathful, impetuous, and ill-humored, given to thievery and lying. Their countenances are dark and pointed, with small teeth and scant facial hair. Mars' tall and gaunt children are sharp-sighted, with a keen but cruel wit.

Related Works
1. The Housebook Master (?), Military Procession
2. The Housebook Master (?), Cannon and Small Combat Wagon
3. Master of the Battle of Fornovo, The Battle of Fornovo
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