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The Housebook Master
Middle Rhenish, active c. 1465/1500
Saturn 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: Saturn

Saturn is associated with the zodiacal signs for Capricorn and Aquarius. His children are prone to illness, envy, depression, lameness, criminal behavior, and imprisonment. The children of Saturn dig and plow the soil, making hard-working farmers and peasants.

Related Works
1. The Housebook Master, Coat of Arms with a Peasant Standing on His Head
2. Martin Schongauer, Peasant Family Going to Market
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