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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The Old Italian Tarot were originally engraved by Stefano Vergnano around 1830 in Turin, Italy. The edition shown on these pages is a good copy of the original deck, printed by Araba Fenice publishers from Boves (Italy) in 2014. The cards come in nice handcrafted carton box designed by Letizia Rivetti following the renaissance style.
The Balbi Tarot was designed by Domenico Balbi in 1976 and published in 1978 by Heraclio Fournier in Spain.
From the accompanying instruction leaflet by Emilio Picciotto:
Domenico Balbi, a painter, designer and engraver, was born in Genoa in 1927 and passed away in 2005. After a study on the Art Academy of Genoa he moved to Paris where he continued his art studies and became interested in esoteric philosophy. Domenico Balbi took part in many art exhibitions in Italy and abroad. He also gave numerous conferences on the symbolism of the Cabala and the Tarot, that can be found on the design of his cards.
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