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Golden Botticelli Tarot (English, Spanish, French, German and Italian Edition) Cards – September 8, 2007
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Lo Scarabeo's Tarot decks have been acclaimed all over the world for originality and quality. With the best Italian and international artists, each Lo Scarabeo deck is an exceptional artistic value.
Commited to developing innovative new decks while preserving the rich tradition of Tarot, Lo Scarabeo continues to be a favorite among collectors and readers.
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The art work for the Golden Botticelli Tarot is by Pietro Alligo and is based on the work of the Florentine painter known as Botticelli (1445-1510). The colors in the cards both front and back are rich and vibrant. The gold leaf stands out beautifully however scanned images do not give these cards justice. Readings with the Golden Botticelli gives one a feeling of richness and timelessness.
These cards look expensive and feel expensive. The Golden Botticelli has all the usual features of a Lo Scarabeo published deck. The cards are 4.7 x 2.8 and easily fit your hands and are made from the same card stock.
The deck itself is for the most part a Rider-Waite-Smith style deck with 78 cards consisting of 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana. The Court cards consist of Knaves, Knights, Queens and Kings and the pip cards are fully illustrated. I'm not that familiar with early renaissance art but having looked on Wikipedia I can say that in this deck you will find renditions of masterpieces such as Primavera, the Birth of Venus and Venus and Mars.
Clients who routinely pick up my cards show much more reverence when touching this deck.
Cards with religious overtones are not unusual to find in most tarot decks, with the Hierophant being a prime example. The Golden Botticelli has many such cards some expected and others not as much. The Ace of Cups and the 4 of wands are very much Madonna and Jesus. The 9 of Cups looks much like a last supper and a monk is saying prayers over the 8 of cups. The Death card is especially poignant depicting a nun mourning a dead young man lying across her lap. Not all of the cards are so serious, for example the Fool in the Major Arcana is contorted over in such a way he looks as if he is afraid the sky is going to fall on his head!
While reading about Botticelli on Wikipedia I was struck by the fact that he was never married and was said to have an aversion to marriage. This might be why the 3 of Swords depicts a woman walking while literally dragging an almost naked man by the hair of his head behind her; the man is praying. The 5 of Swords shows a woman walking with a sword in her hand, behind her walks another woman carrying a basket on her head, there is a man's head in the basket!!
This is a lovely tarot deck and reading with it is a joy. I would recommend this deck to new readers and experienced readers alike.
The deck is Boticelli inspired, and is a bit more sophisticated than the art work of the Visconti Tarots which came a little earlier in art history.
The use of gold is stunning. The cardstock is good, though this deck is so special I probably won't let too many people touch it.
The ad cards are a bit annoying to have in the deck, but nonetheless - everything from the design on the back to the subtle metallic gold details on the front are beautiful. The box is well designed as well.
Comes with a booklet with VERY BASIC instructions, so if you're new to this and want a combined decorative and usable piece - These are a must!