Visconti Tarot Decks
Historical Tarot decks of the Italian Visconti-Sforza family. Most are reproductions with the missing cards recreated to make a full 78-card deck.
The Cary-Yale Visconti Tarot is a faithful reproduction of an original Italian fifteenth century tarot deck. The deck has the 67 cards that are still in existence in Yale University's Cary Collection of Playing Cards, plus recreations for 19 missing cards. This Visconti deck is also unusual because it has male and female Knights and Pages in the court cards.
The Golden Tarot: The Visconti-Sforza Deck is a reproduction of the 15th century Italian tarot, the Visconti Sforza. The borders of the 78 cards have been highlighted in a matte gold, and a hardback companion book is included in the set.
The Tarocchi di Valentina Visconti per il Palio d'Asti is a collector's edition deck of 88 cards (there are an extra 10 cards beyond the major and minor arcana). The deck commemorates the visit of Valentina to the town of Asti in 1389.
A restoration of one of the oldest tarots, the Visconti-Sforza cards. The symbolism is the same in this version, but the Visconti Tarot cards have clearer colours and there are metallic gold leaf highlights and backgrounds. (The gold doesn't show up well in scans, unfortunately.)
The Visconti Tarot Mini is the miniature version of the Visconti Tarot from Lo Scarabeo. The cards measure 4.4cm by 8cm and are small enough to fit in a purse or pocket.
A reproduction of 74 tarot cards that were painted in the fifteenth century, the scenes in the Visconti-Sforza Tarot are authentically medieval. The cards are not titled (there is no text on the cards at all), and four cards have been recreated to make the full 78-card deck.