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.
And here’s another deck in the series of Lo Scarabeo’s Art Tarots. Also this deck is designed by Sergio Toppi. The Universal Tarots was published in 1991. The images are made with ecoline (water coloring).
Sergio Toppi (1932-2012) was an Italian artist whose work has been published in various comics and magazines in Italy and abroad.
This edition contains only the 22 cards of the major arcana and includes two leaflets, one describing the Tarot in general and the other offering the meaning of the cards in keywords.
The Tarots of the Origins was published by Lo Scarabeo in 1991. The original artwork has been designed by Sergio Toppi. The images are made with ecoline (water coloring).
This edition contains only the 21 cards of the major arcana and includes two leaflets, one describing the Tarot in general and the other offering the meaning of the cards in keywords. A later edition (which by now became also a collector’s item), was published in 2000 and contains also the 56 cards of the minor arcana.
This very rare edition is clearly one of Lo Scarabeo’s earlier publications in that the presentation of the cards as well as the packaging is more luxury than later publications. This edition is part of Lo Scarabeo’s so called Art Tarots (Tarocchi d’Arte) and was printed by Fratelli Moglia, Torino.
The images designed by Sergio Toppi show strong lines and archetypical images in a background of beautiful and inspiring coloring. The images show an almost shamanistic approach of the traditional symbolism of the tarot cards and, in doing so, provide the cards with a strong radiance of almost bilateral profoundness. The images of the Tarots of the Origins relate to unconscious wanting to connect love and solidarity throughout the world. A truly magnificent deck of cards!
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