This historically important 78 card deck was created by master engraver Giovanni Vacchetta in Turin, Italy in 1893 with the black plate engraved while the colors would be hand-painted.
This reproduction by Il Meneghello faithfully reproduces Vacchetta's crisp line drawings, with gorgeous coloring in a bright watercolor palette that includes vivid blues, reds, greens, and yellows. Matte finish cards have a reversible card back.
Major Arcana show some nice varietal symbolism: Strength is a female figure, shown with both a Lion & pillar. The Devil is a stunning scene of an impish, snake-tailed devil inside the mouth of a much larger monster. The Moon cards features a topless Diana with her bow and hunting dog.
Traditional Italian suits are titled Bastoni (Batons), Coppe (Cups), Spade (Swords), and Denari (Coins); these Minors are not entirely scenic but not strictly pips, either. An interesting note about the Coins suit is that each coin is a profile of a Roman Emperor or Caesar. Giovanni Vacchetta has illustrated his signature into one card of each of the suits: the II Coppe (Two of Cups), the As di Denari (Ace of Disks/Pentacles), the II Di Bastoni (Two of Wands), and II Spade (the Two of Swords). Court cards, (Fante, Caval, Regina, Re) which have a great deal of personality, are shown in generally traditional arrangements, though Queens are mostly in standing positions.
English: 2 7/16" Wide x 4 3/4" High x .015" Thick
Metric: 62mm Wide x 120mm High x .38mm Thick
Approximate Deck Thickness: 1 1/4" - 32mm