Visconti-Sforza Pierpont Morgan Tarocchi Deck

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Facsimile reproduction of 74 extant cards from the 15th century plus four cards recreated to replace cards missing from the original deck. The allegorical images depict in miniature the life and character in Milan during the Renaissance. The original cards are divided between the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York, the Accademia Carrara, and the Colleoni family of Bergamo, Italy.
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Overview

Facsimile reproduction of 74 extant cards from the 15th century plus four cards recreated to replace cards missing from the original deck. The allegorical images depict in miniature the life and character in Milan during the Renaissance. The original cards are divided between the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York, the Accademia Carrara, and the Colleoni family of Bergamo, Italy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780913866061
  • Publisher: U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1991
  • Edition description: CARDS
  • Pages: 78
  • Product dimensions: 3.70 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2000

    A bit of history

    For general reading use, this is not the deck to buy. The muted colors cause one to have to really LOOK at the card to see which one you have in hand. Do not try to use this deck in dim light, you'll go blind. However, as a bit of history, it is wonderful. I am a history lover and I bought the deck as a piece of history. I have studied the cards and I feel that I am able to use them. They seem to carry a sort of calm energy of their own, not the sort one may find in weird uncle Aleister's deck or even Waite's, but none the less it's there. Sort of 'mello with time'. I like it, however I wish the cards had been gilt as the originals were, rather than having a photograph of the applied gold. It loses some of the overall effect without it. If I find a reproduction with the gold applied I will buy that. However I am aware that with use the gold wears off, so I would just use it on special occasions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2000

    Beautiful Ancient Deck

    The Visconti Deck is by far one of the most historically interesting decks in existence. As the oldest extant Tarocchi Deck it speaks to a time when Tarot reading was not only high art, but dangerous as well. The larger size of the cards make this an impressive deck for the professional or novice reader and the illustrations are in remarkably good shape for 500 years old. The colors are a bit faded, but US Games has recently issued a restored Visconti Deck which is more vibrant. Unfortunately, the card size is significantly smaller. This is the deck that I use in professional reading about 90% of the time. I highly recommend it to readers who value a sense of history and connection to the past.

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