Card Images from the Ancient Tarots of Lombardy
Ancient Tarots of Lombardy review by Steve Gustafson
For those of us who find the Rider-Waite-Smith illustrated pip cards too forcing and confining, but who find the Marseilles deck aesthetically unpleasing, the Italian engraved "soprafino" decks make a good compromise. This is an interesting exemplar of the type.
Lombardy is a region in northern Italy; Milan and Bologna are the chief cities. This is, as far as we can tell, the home turf of the standard deck of Tarot cards, and it is interesting to speculate as to whether the variations present in the nineteenth century "Ancient" Tarot of Lombardy represent the preservation of earlier traditions.
The deck is older, and not quite as well-preserved as the Della Rocca "Classical Italian" Tarot. It was made for the publishing house of Ferdinando Gumppenberg in 1810, according to... read all reviews
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