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on 30 December 2002
Scapini is a contemporary artist. For this deck he has drawn his inspiration from the very earliest surviving Tarot decks, and as such anyone familiar with those decks (in particular the Visconti reproductions) will find the major arcana very familiar territory... Even a cursory inspection of the cards should give the game away to anyone with a basic knowledge of Tarot - for example the High Priestess is depicted holding a book, and on the cover of said book is the glyph of the Kabbalistic tree of life. The other thing is that nobody really bothered to illustrate the minor arcana before A E Waite came along, but hey, this deck is about far more than accurate historical interpretation...
The artist's sense of humour isn't immediately apparent, it is very subtly tongue-in-cheek, but it adds so much to the richness of the imagery. Looking through the cards you will find hundreds of tiny little figures-in-corners, small sailing boats, miniature cats etc. tucked away within the main pictures. His playful use of images is ideal for this setting, and has been done so artfully that it does not distract when doing readings.
The scenes in the minor arcana cards include drunken sailors, lovelorn would-be romeos, stern-looking teacher figures, all bedecked in dramatic costumes giving the whole deck a very theatrical feel.
I love this deck. It looks beautiful and reads smoothly, and is a deck I use time and time again. It's a fantastic poke-in-the-eye for those poe-faced-purists who won't touch anything unless it's 500 years old, and is ideal for both beginners and, ahem, serious practitioners alike.
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on 2 April 2014
This is one of my favourite decks along with the Old English Tarot by Maggie Kneen and The Golden Tarot by Kat Black.
It was the first deck i bought and the images called out to me. It is not the traditional medieval deck, but that only makes it more fascinating. The hand drawn images and illuminations range from the high middle ages to the low middle ages and sometimes even include barbarians, like the knight of wands.
The colors are vivid but not too rich like normal medieval decks. That allows it to be a lighter deck and more open to interpretation. I believe it helps to develop intuition. This is not a dark or heavy deck in any sense of the word, for there are no violent or bloody pictures.
The minor cards are illustrated, unlike the visconti-sforza, making it easier to read.
The cards are a little bigger than normal decks and have a nice sheen, without being overly glossy. They are thick enough and easy to shuffle. They measure 13,2 cm high and 7,1 cm wide.
As for the little white book, it has brief, but to the point meanings. Since it has a detailed description of every card, it would be good for beginners, because it would help the to memorise the cards and open their minds to them.
Still, i never acquire a deck thinking of the little white book, so it isn't relevant to me.
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on 6 May 2012
As the title shows, this deck has been created in medieval style, although the author/artist was born in 1946. Three of the Major Arcana titles have been changed - i.e. 'the Hierophant' becomes 'the Pope', 'Strength' becomes 'Force', and 'the Tower' becomes 'the Falling Tower'. Scapini has made extensive use of the colour gold, with all the Major cards and all the Court cards having a gold background. The scenes of the Minor cards are all rather busy-looking and have a very active feel to them. The booklet that comes with the deck, giving information about Scapini states that "Scapini's ................ intricate symbolism is animated by the chaos of everyday life.........." which I think sums this deck up perfectly.

Normally a deck fashioned on medieval style wouldn't interest me very much but I find the Minor Arcana fascinating due to their active nature. Although the artwork is completely different, the nature of the Minor cards reminds me of the Karma Tarot. A deck with a difference.
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on 16 January 2013
The artwork on this product is exquisite, and very reminiscent of late Mediaeval/early Renaissance Italian art. Some of the imagery veers away from the traditional Rider-Waite deck, but this is based on the Sforza deck so that is to be expected. I can thoroughly recommend this for anybody who wants to use this for gaming (either card games or as a prop).
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on 7 December 2004
These cards are true medieveal, and they are well known here in Italy. I saw some negative comments from others that has no idea whatsoever about these cards. To ensure some curious buyers, that they are used by most proffesionals here in Italy.
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on 22 February 1999
I received this deck as a gift and the cards are certainly very beautiful - the gold trimmings on the borders are visually pleasing. However the depictions on the cards are rather traditional, and is not cross-cultural so I did not easily identify with the characters therein. Those who love medieval history would love this deck!
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on 10 August 2015
Very nice, lovely colours. Some of them are not very medieval but all in all a nice pack.
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on 5 March 1999
Luigi Scapini's Tarot deck may indeed consist of Tarot cards, but it certainly ain't medieval. While some people might like this artwork, I thought it sucked. I expected something akin to the Limbourg brothers' "Tres Riches Heures," I found something more like a watercolor version of the sunday comics. If you want something authentically medieval, get the Visconti tarot. As far as reading with it is concerned, I have no comment on the Scapini tarot because I returned it immediately.
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