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Golden Tarot of the Renaissance

Also known as Estensi Tarot

The Golden Tarot of the Renaissance is based on the fifteenth-century French deck, the Charles VI (also known as the Estensi) of which only 17 cards remain. Lo Scarabeo's full set of 78 cards have been created in attractive watercolours and finished with a gold leaf background.

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Created by Giordano Berti, Jo Dworkin
Tarot Deck - 78 Cards - Lo Scarabeo 2004


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Golden Tarot of the Renaissance review by Cerulean

It is always the proudest man
whom Love defeats and subjugates
No strong arm, no audacity,
no blade well-honed, no shield or mail,
no other poet can avail
for in the end, Love conquers all.

Matteo Maria Boiardo
circa 1494

Above, the courtly tarocchi poet of Ferarra was writing to his second chosen patron, Duke Ercole D'Este, with encouragement from courtly ladies that included the Duchess of Mantua, Ercole's daughter. The epic poem Orlando in Love (Innomorato) and poet was rediscovered and celebrated in 1994 with various conferences and even a tarocchi game.

Some five hundred and ten years after Boiardo's death, the Estensi Tarot is to be relased in 2004. This a golden tribute to romance and destiny, a revival of a supposed Ferrarese ...

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Name: Golden Tarot of the Renaissance
Alternate Names: Estensi Tarot
Creators: Giordano Berti, Jo Dworkin
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo 2004
Deck Type: Tarot Deck
Cards: 78
Major Arcana: 22
Minor Arcana: 56
Deck Tradition: Italian
Minor Arcana Style: Unique Scenes With Suit Symbols
Suits: Chalices, Swords, Wands, Pentacles
Court Cards: Knave, Knight, Queen, King
Major Titles: Fool, Magician, High Priestess, Empress, Emperor, Hierophant, Lovers, Chariot, Strength, Hermit, the Wheel, Justice, Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, Devil, Tower, Stars, Moon, Sun, Judgment, World
The Fool is 0
Strength is 11
Justice is 8

Card Size: 2.60 x 4.72 in. = 6.60cm x 12.00cm
Card Language: Spanish, Italian, German, French, English
Card Back: Reversible
Back Design: A kneeling male figure from one of the cards is reproduced twice in monochrome dark taupe with a narrow fleur-de-lis border

Companion Material: Little white booklet in English, Italia, German, Spanish, French.


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