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Visconti Sforza Tarocchi by Il Meneghello Editions

$140.00

Immerse yourself in Milan of the 1400s with this beautiful il Mengehello handmade reproduction of the Visconti Sforza Deck.  It took a few more centuries for decks to be specifically associated with cartomancy but readers will find many recognizable archetypical images in the procession of ‘triumphs’ and It’s easy to see why many believe this the oldest known Tarot deck.  The art for the four missing cards (Devil, Tower, Knight of Coins, and Three of Swords) was skilfully recreated by Giovanni Scarsato.

The original deck is currently divided into two public collections and one private. 35 cards are housed by the Academy of Carrara in Bergamo, 26 cards are kept by the Pierpoint Morgan Library in New York and 12 cards are with the Colleoni family in Bergamo. The four missing cards have been recreated with respect to the artistic style of the original creator.

Specs
  • Il Meneghello: Publisher.
  • Also known as Visconti-Sforza Pierpont Morgan Tarot
  • include some portraits of the Sforza and Visconti families in 15th century clothes and scenes, giving us a glimpse of noble life in Milan.
  • 78 Cards
  • Includes Cristina Dorsini’s book I Tarocchi Visconti Sforza in English
  • Card Size: 3.5" W x 7" L
  • Card Backs: Reversible Pattern
  • Cardstock: Quality Grade, Matte Cardstock
  • Each deck is new and sealed
  • comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity card and the creator's wax seal on the box

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    Glenn Francis

    Il Meneghello's Visconti Sforza reproduction is the best version of this progenitor deck that I've seen. The bright, vibrant pigments and strong contrasts feed our eyes accustomed to modern printing techniques. (Maybe the flesh is too white). The cardstock achieves a nice, moderate balance between thick and thin, with a semi-glossy face, and matte backs. As always with Il Meneghello, the box is robust, beautifully designed and crafted; the thoughtful production values present throughout the deck encourage gratefulness in the buyer despite the high price. The book is not as useful as one would like; translation problems have been somewhat improved since previous Dorsini volumes, but many still remain, and a few of her readings of the images are completely wrong, in my view. Finally, the 4 replacement cards are better than in any other decks, but not entirely on the mark. The Knight of Coins replacement is attired incorrectly, based on the other three members of his suit; the Tower is Marseille-y. Is the Three of Swords inverted? Regardless, this is a lovely, wonderful deck, the best of its kind, and highly recommended.

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    Mariya Ribagin

    I’m in love with my Viskonti Sforza tarot deck. Excellent quality. Exquisite workmanship. They have a special place on my altar. Thank you for this masterpiece

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    Glenn Francis

    Il Meneghello's Visconti Sforza reproduction is the best version of this progenitor deck that I've seen. The bright, vibrant pigments and strong contrasts feed our eyes accustomed to modern printing techniques. (Maybe the flesh is too white). The cardstock achieves a nice, moderate balance between thick and thin, with a semi-glossy face, and matte backs. As always with Il Meneghello, the box is robust, beautifully designed and crafted; the thoughtful production values present throughout the deck encourage gratefulness in the buyer despite the high price. The book is not as useful as one would like; translation problems have been somewhat improved since previous Dorsini volumes, but many still remain, and a few of her readings of the images are completely wrong, in my view. Finally, the 4 replacement cards are better than in any other decks, but not entirely on the mark. The Knight of Coins replacement is attired incorrectly, based on the other three members of his suit; the Tower is Marseille-y. Is the Three of Swords inverted? Regardless, this is a lovely, wonderful deck, the best of its kind, and highly recommended.

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    Mariya Ribagin

    I’m in love with my Viskonti Sforza tarot deck. Excellent quality. Exquisite workmanship. They have a special place on my altar. Thank you for this masterpiece