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VISCONTI TAROT (cards) Cards – 3 Aug 2002
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One of the oldest tarots preserved to this day and perhaps, the most beautiful of all, the Visconti Tarot has been restored and printed with gold to enhance its original splendor.
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on 7 October 2015
This pack needs to be approached with caution. In particular, it appears that some of the trumps have been numbered incorrectly. The best evidence for the early order of the trumps in Milan is to be found in a poem by Giambattista Susio. However, Lo Scarabeo have not used Susio's order; instead they have used "what is normally considered the tarot structure". Since the trumps were ordered differently in Milan, Ferrara and Bologna, it cannot really be said that there was a "normal" order on which to base anything at all. Furthermore, the Italian suits of coppe, denari and bastoni are called cups, coins and batons in English - not chalices, pentacles and wands as they are called on the surrounds. The idea that the tarot cards originated in Egypt and had some mystical significance only dates from the late eighteenth century, long after the Visconti cards were made. In short, whatever one's view of the artwork - and I have not had a chance to compare it with the originals - the surrounds seem historically anachronistic and (for me) ruin the cards.
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