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.
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.
It is often said that The Tarot of Marseilles belongs to the older tarot decks known by mankind. Although that might very well be true, the tarot deck that preceded it and from which it probably originates, is the Visconti Sforza tarot deck, originally designed for entertaining the Italian courts. From there it ‘travelled’, with the French troops, (after the French conquered Milano in 1499.), to Switzerland and France where it then became the most well-known tarot deck for the French speaking territories. And until today, still is.
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