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.
The Visconti Sforza Tarot deck is the oldest known Tarot deck. It was created around 1492 by Bonifacio Bembo, but it is likely that not all cards came from his hands due to his young age at the time. It is believed that some of the cards are made by the artist Antonio Cicognara. The occasion was a marriage between members of two Milanese families: Visconti and Sforza. It can be said that because of that event, the origins of the Tarot ‘game’ are Italian.
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