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.
Click below for previous posts: