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Visconti Sforza Tarot Cards Book Supplement – June, 1988
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This would be the prototype of many others to come. I recently aquired this deck in its 2nd printing dated 1975. I absolutely love it, as it is the almost forgotten deck of so many modern ones! All others are launched from this one. I imagine many of the faces depicted here were actual individuals who lived during the Renaissance. Especially the court cards.
This deck is a must for serious collectors, readers and students of this wonderful art. It carries with it an eerie, from another time feel that should be experienced on its own. The sum of all Tarot decks is carried within. The "vibes" alone give it this supernatural effect that acts as a time machine.
There are no frills here. The cards themselves are large and difficult to handle. The backs are a simple dull red. The missing cards restored are obviously another artists interpretaions. All of the minors are not illustrated. Most readers should begin elsewhere. Nowadays, there are many places to start. Serious, advanced student should all be required to have a copy of this deck in their collection.
The other decks that mimic this one fall short. Lo Scarabeo published one close with gold leaf restored. It has writing on it and shrunk down to standard size-distracting. Also for a fun spin on this classic is The Medieval Scapini Tarot. I list that as one of my favorites.
Now just imagine finding this set of cards in a Milanese castle in a strongbox with other artifacts within. The possibilites are the fuel of novels greater than The Davinci Code...
It appears as though smaller decks like Kat Black's and the Medieval Scapini are hand sized but the original images have been more altered.
I think the value in these Pierpont Morgan cards is in the preservation of the exact image originally created. I am finding totally different explanations for some of the cards. The Hermit, for example, carries a sundial not a lantern and is identified with time. If you wish to read the cards as they were meant to be, this would serve that purpose. So far as realism and quality I believe this deck is a good buy.
The cards are stunning! They look aged and have a lot of flecked paint look, but really capture the danger and lost time of the Renaissance. It has replacement cards for the 4 missing, and 6 others that were included that were done by a different artist. Many people have complained about the back of the cards being too plain and maroon in color, but that happens to be my favorite color and it doesn't look at all bad.
I recommend this deck for everyone for art, and as a previous reviewer stated, every serious Tarot student should have this deck.
For Beginners, I recommend these decks: Aquarian Tarot Deck Cards, Rider-Waite Tarot by Waite, A.E..
For another deck like this one: Cary-Yale Visconti Tarocchi Deck
Definitely worth picking it up, just expect to admire the artwork more than use the cards.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love these cards.. the deck is absolutely beautiful. Some people were complaining about them being to big- personally I don't think they are to big and can shuffle them just... Read morePublished 9 months ago by rtaylor
Well, what can you say about Tarot Cards? These are gorgeous and are copies of the original ones found in Italy, even down to the tears in the original cards which have been... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Alexa Porter
Although Key 15 & 16 (Devil & Tower), 3 of Swords, and Knight of Coins were 'recreated', those recreations are discernible only after decent scrutiny of the deck. Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Random Lee
Beauty and tradition are the words that come to mind when I look at this deck. I love the cards of antiquity and give them a favored spot in my collection. Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Madame Zohzar
This deck has that old-feel that I've been looking for. If you like tarot and want a deck that Renaissance feel, look no further.Published on November 3, 2013 by Jonathan D'Arruda