The Visconti Tarots is a reproduction of one of the oldest known Tarot decks, dating originally from the 15th Century. It has had a huge impact on composition, numbering and interpretation of many modern Tarot decks. This 78 card, gold foil-stamped edition was published by Lo Scarabeo in 2005.
The original paintings were crafted with precious materials and include some portraits of the Sforza and Visconti families in 15th century clothes and scenes, giving us a glimpse of noble life in Milan. When originally commissioned by Filippo Maria Visconti (the Duke of Milan) and his successor Francesco Sforza, the cards were still known as Trionfi (triumphs/trump) cards, and used for everyday playing.
This stunning set of the Visconti Tarot deck includes replacements for the four missing Visconti cards (Devil, Tower, Knight of Coins, and the Three of Swords) rendered by A. A. Atanassov. He has faithfully recreated what the original paintings might have looked like, without the deterioration of time. It is printed on a smaller, easier to handle (and shuffle) card size, typical of a contemporary Tarot deck such as the Rider-Waite-Smith. This edition has increased use of the foil compared to Lo Scarabeo's 1997 version of this iconic deck.
Cards are vertically titled & numbered in gold foil (Majors with Roman numerals and Pips with Arabic numbers) along the left side of the illustration, in five languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish and German. Black bordered cards have a semigloss finish. Full color reversible cardback (no foil) features classical Romanesque Urn & Flower ornamentation on black. 1 title card & 1 advertising card included.
63 page multilingual (Italian, German, English, French & Spanish) instruction booklet provides historic & artistic note, along with a series of keywords for each card. A 5 card spread called "The Five Layers" is shown.
2 5/8" x 4 3/4" x .011"
66 mm x 12 0mm x .29 mm