This wonderful deck is a tarot ancestor, with only fifty cards. The Mantegna Tarot artwork, originally created in 1460, has been recoloured and highlighted with silver. What appears as mottled dark grey in the digital scans is actually bright silver foil.
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Tarot Deck - 50 Cards - Lo Scarabeo 2000
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Mantegna Tarot review by Solandia
The Mantegna deck is an ancestor to the 78 card tarot deck with major and minor arcana as we know it today. The fifty original engravings created by an Italian artist have been dated to around 1460.
Many artists have recopied the original Mantegna artwork. Atanas Atanassov is the latest, redesigning and painting the cards in soft pastel colours and flesh tones. What would normally be the sky or background to a human figure is a kind of fine, flowered tracery raised slightly above the textured silver foil. Like Nefertari's Tarot, which is also published by Lo Scarabeo, the Mantegna Tarot uses a metal foil treatment on the cards. Nerfertari's was sumptous gold, but the Mantega is a cool silver.
As a tarot deck reflects the attitudes and human situations of its time, the Mante...
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More About These Cards
Name: Mantegna Tarot
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo 2000
Deck Type: Tarot Deck
Deck Tradition: Unique
Strength is 37
Justice is 38
Card Size: 2.63 x 4.75 in. = 6.67cm x 12.06cm
Card Back: Unknown