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The continuation of the quest… or ‘about the history and the eventual origin of Tarot
Welcome to the second edition of the Tarocks Tribune!
Lifting the veil, a secret revealed - The recurring theme of the Tarocks Tribune, for now. We shared this with you in our first edition. In case you missed it, all our newsletters will find a home for continued perusal on our Tarocks website.
During our continuous research on the backgrounds and history of the tarot we meet with countless theories and articles that are confident in having found the ultimate answer to the origin of the tarot. As we wrote already several times, we simply cannot say which article proves to be the most authoritive or which theory is to be believed.
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We started e-mailing out a newsletter, which eventually was named the Tarocks Tribune. These newsletters were extensive from the beginning, so we decided to make them more accessibly by sharing them here. This is our sixth. To read them all, click on the Tribune category near the top of our blog page.
This month we offer you an incredible newsletter filled with mystery!
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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.
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 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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