Il Tarocco di Amerigo Folchi was published by Italcards, Bologna (Italy) in 1991. The cards of course, are designed by Americo Folchi. The designer gave the deck his own name since his intention was to create a set of cards with no references to anything since many decks of his hands refer to a specific theme. Amerigo Folchi wanted to design a deck that could only be assigned to him. In that, he succeeded.
Il Tarocco di Colombo was published by Italcards, Bologna (Italy) in 1991. The cards are designed by Americo Folchi who must have a thing for travelling as several of the decks designed by him show images of faraway places or mysterious places.
The beautifully designed cards of Il Tarocco di Colombo show images of the travels of Columbus. These images show the fear as well as the curiosity of the sailors of those days and the way Columbus sought to overcome the myths surrounding the New World, the barriers between man and the Ocean, the Atlantic abyss, almost monstrous in its boundlessness.
Il Tarocco del Mondo Nuovo was published by Italcards, Bologna (Italy) in 1991. The cards are designed by Americo Folchi and show the voyages to Americas by European seafarers and explorers. The cards of the major arcana feature different theme’s in regard to the ‘new findings’ the explorer’s way back then discovered during their adventurous voyages. So be prepared for wild native animals, weird pottery, and images of ancient (sea)maps.
Here’s another deck published by Italcards, Bologna (Italy). These cards were published in 1988.
The cards are designed by Americo Folchi and show quite realistic images inspired by Greek mythological themes. Anyone who read the Iliad or who has any (basic) knowledge of Greek mythology will recognize the images offered as well as their importance for Human Kind.
Alan’s Tarot Cards were published by Edizione Modiano, Trieste (Italy) in 1981. This edition to be distributed by U.S. Games Systems, Stamford, USA.
Why the deck is named after Alan, a pseudonym for Mauro Boldi, an astrologer and card reader from Milan is not entirely clear. It may be that he is or was (also unclear) a TV and radio personality during the days of the early eighties of the twentieth century. In any case, he probably compiled the accompanying booklet to the cards designed by Argio Orell (1884-1942), an Italian artist also from Trieste (Italy). The booklet offers fair descriptions of the cards as well as several inspiring spreads like for instance ‘The Snake Spread’.
Sibilla originale del 1890 (per divinare…)
Collezione O. Menegazzi.
The Sibilla originale have been published in 1999 by il Meneghello, Milano in a limited edition of 1500 copies, of which the one described is number 755.
The deck consists of 52 cards divided into four groups of thirteen each, representing all kinds of scenes out of the daily life of the late 19th century. The scenes depicted are quite realistic and would be still valid today. Each image has also an ‘undertitle’ specifying what the image is about.
This edition of beautiful cards was published in 1984 by Arienti Solleone Carte, 20035 Lissone (MI), Via S. M. del Carso,1.
According to the accompanying description (in Italian) the design is based upon a group of paintings that were purchased by Vito Arienti in an antiquarian bookstore in Venice. The artwork depicts scenes of life and theater in Milan during the second half of the 19th century. The images are good examples of the romantic period of that time, showing all the drama that goes with it. An inspiring set of cards that makes you yearn for Carnival in Venice.
I Tarocchi Lanzichenecchi was published in 1998 by Lo Scarabeo as part of the Azzuro series in Torino in 1998. It is a limited and hand numbered edition of 390 copies. The edition described is number 88 of 390. The title card shows the signature of Giorgio Trevisan. The artist's signature is printed and not signed by hand.
This colorful deck is designed by Elisabetta Trevisan (daughter of Giorgio Trevisan, a famous Italian painter and illustrator of The Tarot of the Renaissance).
The design is based on the artwork of Gustav Klimt. It is not difficult to recognize Klimt’s stylistic analogies in the dramatic design of the cards. The cards also clearly show elements of the Art Nouveau style common in the early 20th century. The 22 cards come in slipcase and are accompanied by a commentary by Giordano Berti (in Italian) that offers an appropriate description of the origin of the cards.
The images of the cards are created using tempera. Tempera is a century old technique, probably introduced by the ancient Egyptians, who used the technique amongst other things for decorating sarcophaguses since the mixtures of the emulsions resulted in extraordinary coloring. Moreover, tempera proved to be very durable. Art done centuries ago is still of excellent quality.
The technique itself consisted of grounding various materials like for instance precious stones, minerals or other ingredients and subsequently mixing them with egg. The emulsion materializing from this almost alchemical process was fast-drying and the artist had to work real fast in order to prevent stiffening of the ‘paint’. This might explain the powerful flowing art as shown in the cards of the Taroccchi dell’Imaginiario as shown on these pages.
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