The 22 Pittori in 22 Arcani Trump tarot deck (22 Arcana by 22 Artists) is a collaborative effort by 22 different Italian artists, each painting a different card. Many cards retain their archetypal symbology, while others veer off into entirely new territory. The idea for this deck was orchestrated by Osvaldo Menegazzi, the owner of Edizione il Meneghello, who published the deck in 1989 as a limited edition of 2,000 hand-numbered copies.
Artistic styles range from fantasy to surreal, realistic to comic on these over-sized cards; there is no theme or thread tying them all together. While most are full color, a couple of cards are rendered in black & white or gray scale. All cards have a traditional Italian title at the card bottom, and a small artist name below the right bottom corner of the illustration. About 1/3 of the cards in this deck show female nudity, but the Devil is also very nude, and quite detailed.
Some of the artists who contributed to this deck have created other tarots, and their style is apparent here - examples are L'Apesso (the Hanged Man), painted by Domenico Balbi, and the Le Stelle (The Star) painted by Giorgio Tavaglione. The Il Matto (the Fool), painted by Giovanni Scarsato, wears a shirt bearing the name of the publishing company, Il Meneghello. Osvaldo Menegazzi illustrated Il Sole (the Sun) card.
The remaining artists are; Piero Alligo, Davide Noti, Romano Conversano, Gino Mazzotta, Sandro Bellenghi, Galeazzo Van Mörl, Giorgio Dall'Aglio, Luca Enoch, Paolo Giorno, Coca Frigerio, Alessandra Titti Cusatelli, Pina Andronico Tosonotti, Giuliano Spagnul, Marisa Bello, Marcella Brancaforte, Gianni Meloniski, Gianni Maiotti and Elio R. Silvestri. All artists names are embossed on gold on the front cover of the leather bookcase-style wrap, and listed in the companion booklet, along with their artistic mediums, date & place of birth. 1 hand-numbered title card is included. Card finish is high gloss on card faces, with un-coated tan card backs.
The 15 page Italian booklet also has 1-3 paragraphs of information pertaining to the card itself, which may include divinatory meanings, but there are no layouts.
3" x 6 1/4" x .016"
75 mm x 157 mm x .41 mm