Il Tarocco di Colombo was published by Italcards, Bologna (Italy) in 1991. The cards are designed by Americo Folchi who must have a thing for travelling as several of the decks designed by him show images of faraway places or mysterious places.
The beautifully designed cards of Il Tarocco di Colombo show images of the travels of Columbus. These images show the fear as well as the curiosity of the sailors of those days and the way Columbus sought to overcome the myths surrounding the New World, the barriers between man and the Ocean, the Atlantic abyss, almost monstrous in its boundlessness.
Il Tarocco del Mondo Nuovo was published by Italcards, Bologna (Italy) in 1991. The cards are designed by Americo Folchi and show the voyages to Americas by European seafarers and explorers. The cards of the major arcana feature different theme’s in regard to the ‘new findings’ the explorer’s way back then discovered during their adventurous voyages. So be prepared for wild native animals, weird pottery, and images of ancient (sea)maps.
Here’s another deck published by Italcards, Bologna (Italy). These cards were published in 1988.
The cards are designed by Americo Folchi and show quite realistic images inspired by Greek mythological themes. Anyone who read the Iliad or who has any (basic) knowledge of Greek mythology will recognize the images offered as well as their importance for Human Kind.
Alan’s Tarot Cards were published by Edizione Modiano, Trieste (Italy) in 1981. This edition to be distributed by U.S. Games Systems, Stamford, USA.
Why the deck is named after Alan, a pseudonym for Mauro Boldi, an astrologer and card reader from Milan is not entirely clear. It may be that he is or was (also unclear) a TV and radio personality during the days of the early eighties of the twentieth century. In any case, he probably compiled the accompanying booklet to the cards designed by Argio Orell (1884-1942), an Italian artist also from Trieste (Italy). The booklet offers fair descriptions of the cards as well as several inspiring spreads like for instance ‘The Snake Spread’.
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 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.
This is another designer deck with cats as main theme. The images of this deck are a little more playful and less static then the one from I Gatti (also by Osvaldo Menegazzi). It would be interesting to place the cards of both decks next to each other on a table and see if the symbolism shown would be equal in meaning as well as design (as in… the 1001 various types of angel oracle cards by DV).
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