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4.0 out of 5 stars Sumptuous not-quite-Tarot, 4 Sep 2004
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This review is from: Mantegna Tarot: Tarot Cards (Paperback)
I'm not clear whether this deck was called Tarot in Renaissance times or whether its been renamed Tarot by its contemporary adapter, but Tarot it isn't. It is 50 cards depicting many images-predominantly human- images from the Renaissance. 1-10 depict different classes of Renaissance society, starting with Wretched and ending with Pope ! 9 more cards are devoted to the 9 Muses, which makes me think this could be an excellent tool for exploring creativity issues.
If you want a deck that gives you a real flavour of the social, cultural and philosophical concerns of the Renaissance, this is it.And the images are beautifully coloured, each card enhanced with silver foil, giving it a really sumptuous Renaissance feel. I bought it mainly to see how it may have influenced Tarot decks-some of the images are similar-but I'm going to enjoy it for the above reasons too.
I'm giving it 4 just because of the possible confusion caused by the word "Tarot" in the title.It looks excellent.I'm very pleased I've added it to my collection.
BECAUSE OF THE LOOSE USE OF THE WORD TAROT, THIS DECK IS NOT SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Renaissance cosmos beautifully illustrated, 15 May 2013
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I came to buy this product through two distinct but overlapping interests. The first is the study of the history of card games. The second is the development of the perception of the Cosmos and the Created Order from classical through to Renaissance times. This pack of cards beautifully reproduces the understanding of the orders of the Cosmic Spheres from the Prime Movement down to the planet earth at the centre of the concentric rings. It also has the state of Humankind from Beggar to Pope, and the influences on humanity, such as the Muses and Arts. Presented as a tableau of fifty cards in five suits, it is a wonderful presentation of the state of conscious understanding of (Hu)Man as the measure of all things but in the context of both the classical and Christian meld of European learning. But this pack also enables one to have a tangible access to the development of playing cards. Although often misrepresented as cards for divination — in our contemporary understanding of ‘Tarot’ — these were a pack of cards for play, and became the basis of the later game of ‘Labyrinth’. These cards portray an offshoot of the development of playing cards that had died out by the 18th century, the two other branches developing into the packs (although very varied across Europe in terms of numbers and suits) that became the forerunners of those used today for Poker, Bridge, Skat and Doppelkopf and also the Tarock and Tarocci trump cards with the distinct suit of cards for the trumps — the Tarot Pack, in other words. It is interesting to compare the thoroughness of the Mantegna ‘Tarot’ in its depiction of the ‘influences’ on human beings with the more arbitrary and picaresque and sometimes fantastic trumps in the usual tarot pack. A delightful experience that stimulates mind and emotion.
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