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Re: Tarocchi goes west

I must be the least qualified person to make head or tail of Italian that is not only XVI century, but Napoletano. I did not learn much. There is no mention of the Bagato, but "Il matto" is treated as if it were a trump, rather than the excuse card. So I think the poem does not mention the excuse c...

Re: Tarocchi goes west

The star on the belly of the Noblet also suggest an astronomical identification (as with the star on the shoulder of the Cary sheet). The question of the figure being male or female does not negate such an association as the figure of Aquarius was sometimes figured as female too, though less commonl...

Re: The fourth Rosenwald block

To return to the Minchiate I mentioned at the top of the post, I have not yet found an online source of the 1725 original which Lo Scarabeo reproduced, but Museo Fournier de naipes has here: https://apps.euskadi.eus/v09aNucleoWar/ciucFVerListaDispatch.do what seems to be a deck printed from the sam...

Re: The fourth Rosenwald block

There again, recalling the many playing cards with calligraphic writing upon them I have seen, I think perhaps it was quite a common printing technique for cards - it is the hand-painting that is rare, not so much the printing technique - But the same site has a fair number of playing cards it desc...

Re: The fourth Rosenwald block

Having looked at so many cards, I am struck by what a rare bird a a hand colored deck is. (MFn calls it calcografía, chalk; I don't know what it is). "Calcografia" is intaglio printing, from the Greek khalkos = copper (so it's not a woodcut) I think , but don't know for sure (more of a guess really...

Re: Five - Nine - Seven

T he Queen of the Virtues presides : First, the ring of places around the Wheel is eight places, and there are only seven virtues. There needs to be an eighth, a presiding figure, as Apollo is added to the nine muses fill out a row of ten in the Tarocchi di Mantegna. This eighth figure added to the...

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