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Re: Tarot Origins and Early 15th Century Woodblock Printing

The art historians who specialize in early of wood block illustrations also make the 1440s the decade when woodblock prints become common, and made more cheaply and smaller. Given the much higher quality of the very earliest woodblocks, it should not be assumed that early woodblock cards were inexpe...

Re: Tarot de Paris 1559 ...

I have a really dumb question, not related to the deck's dating. This is a deck that references many early designs from German and Italian playing cards, along with trumps from several hand painted decks (e.g. the incredible world card, that has four putti, a drape and naked lady standing on a globe...

Re: Tarot Origins and Early 15th Century Woodblock Printing

Interesting. According to the current understanding of woodblock printing, 1422 would be an early date, when woodblock prints were still regarded as precious and were not a form of inexpensive, high volume production. Could the simpler techniques that became prevalent in the late 1430s have originat...

Re: Tarot Origins and Early 15th Century Woodblock Printing

Some facts about woodblock printing and card making. -- Woodblock prints from 1400 to 1430 were large, very carefully cut and very valuable. They were usually commemorations of pilgrimages that may have acted as certificates, i.e. having been touched to or connected in some other way to the relics o...

Re: Tarot Origins and Early 15th Century Woodblock Printing

A Set: -- label "TDMish designs": -- elemets in the set : tarot card decks with a certain hallmarks in their design. -- Some specific decks that are elements in this set the Cary-Yale sheet, the various TDMs from Noblet on, the various French occult decks, the similar Sforza castel fragments, the si...

Re: Tarot Origins and Early 15th Century Woodblock Printing

To me, the no alternative production theory does not make sense. High quality TDMII engraved decks were produced by Swiss cardmakers well into the 19th century. Slightly altered high quality designs like the Soprafino were made in Italy until the end of the 19th century. If there was no demand for c...

Re: Tarot Origins and Early 15th Century Woodblock Printing

Huck, we seem to be talking past each other. Here is my basic research question The Tarot de Marseille patterns have much in common with late 1400s patterns, e.g. as shown in the Cary Yale sheet They also have much in common with the various occult tarots that have developed since 1800 This populati...

Re: That Word Again...Tarot

Hey, for the origin of "tarocchi", don't forget this one ... It shows two [Greek] "tarach-" (tau alpha rho alpha chi) words, defined as "pertubatio" and "turba, turbatio". ... In English, the words "ataraxia", meaning "calmness", and "ataractic", calm, come from the same root (http://dictionary.ref...

Re: Toastmasters For The Signore

I have always wondered why a group of cards could be used for readings when it was a game. People use regular playing card for readings too; with courts as people and relations, and pips as things or events. Attitudes and context probably emerge more in the conversation between the reader and clien...

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