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Sola Busca at Brera!!!

Postby marco on 20 May 2010, 17:04

I just found this article (in Italian) that was published on the Corriere della Sera a few months ago:

http://archiviostorico.corriere.it/2010 ... 6071.shtml

The Brera Museum in Milan has bought the Sola Busca deck! The cards costed 800,000 Eur.
The article says that the deck could be on display at the end of the year in an exhibition about the Ferrarese culture.

I think this are great news, because I hope that now this deck will get the attention it deserves. It is even possible that some art historian will study the deck and make some progress in the explanation of its overall meaning :ympray:
And maybe some publisher will finally decide to publish a decent edition of the deck.
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Re: Sola Busca at Brera!!!

Postby Ross G. R. Caldwell on 20 May 2010, 17:33

That's amazing Marco! Thanks for bringing our attention to it.

Lucky you... I hope they will bring out the Brambilla again to show with it, if they have an exhibition, and publish a catalogue with good colour pictures of all the cards (Brambilla is already well presented in Bandera's 1999 Brera catalogue, but it is hard to find).

It would be good to have some specialist scholar - art historian or cultural historian - look at it.
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Re: Sola Busca at Brera!!!

Postby marco on 20 Sep 2012, 07:58

Great news!

http://www.giornalesentire.it/2012/sett ... brera.html

The Pinacoteca di Brera [in Milan] is dedicating its next exhibition, from November 13 to February 17, 2012, to an unusual piece of art: the most ancient complete Italian tarot deck, called Sola Busca after the names of its owners, illuminated in Venice in 1491 and acquired in 2009 by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture.

The fascinating exhibition “The Secret of Secrets: Sola Busca Tarot and the hermetic-alchemical culture between Marche and Veneto at the end of the fifteenth century”, explores the complex iconography of these beautiful playing cards: engravings illuminated in color and gold, made by the hand of the painter Nicola di Maestro Antonio from Ancona, who was guided in the choice of images by the humanist Ludovico Lazzarelli of San Severino Marche.

A refined and cultured exhibition that allows us to know the cultural context of the courts of the Italian Quattrocento, where tarot was an intellectual game, free from the aspect of divination which would have prevailed in France since the eighteenth century.

Skira Editore will publish the catalog with all the images of the 78 cards in this famous deck and an essay by the curator, Laura Paola Gnaccolini, art historian of the Pinacoteca di Brera, a specialist in miniature painting of the Renaissance, and texts by other specialists in the period.
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Re: Sola Busca at Brera!!!

Postby Ross G. R. Caldwell on 20 Sep 2012, 08:01

marco wrote:Great news!

http://www.giornalesentire.it/2012/sett ... brera.html

The Pinacoteca di Brera [in Milan] is dedicating its next exhibition, from November 13 to February 17, 2012, to an unusual piece of art: the most ancient complete Italian tarot deck, called Sola Busca after the names of its owners, illuminated in Venice in 1491 and acquired in 2009 by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture.

The fascinating exhibition “The Secret of Secrets: Sola Busca Tarot and the hermetic-alchemical culture between Marche and Veneto at the end of the fifteenth century”, explores the complex iconography of these beautiful playing cards: engravings illuminated in color and gold, made by the hand of the painter Nicola di Maestro Antonio from Ancona, who was guided in the choice of images by the humanist Ludovico Lazzarelli of San Severino Marche.

A refined and cultured exhibition that allows us to know the cultural context of the courts of the Italian Quattrocento, where tarot was an intellectual game, free from the aspect of divination which would have prevailed in France since the eighteenth century.

Skira Editore will publish the catalog with all the images of the 78 cards in this famous deck and an essay by the curator, Laura Paola Gnaccolini, art historian of the Pinacoteca di Brera, a specialist in miniature painting of the Renaissance, and texts by other specialists in the period.


Excellent news Marco!

At the IPCS conference last weekend, there was some controversy about whether or not the exhibition would be held at all. This confirms it.

I hope I can make it - four months is long enough to get to Milan ;)
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Re: Sola Busca at Brera!!!

Postby Bertrand on 20 Sep 2012, 10:33

marco wrote:Skira Editore will publish the catalog with all the images of the 78 cards in this famous deck and an essay by the curator, Laura Paola Gnaccolini, art historian of the Pinacoteca di Brera, a specialist in miniature painting of the Renaissance, and texts by other specialists in the period.

I obviously need and want badly one of those catalogues !
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Re: Sola Busca at Brera!!!

Postby Ross G. R. Caldwell on 20 Sep 2012, 11:54

Bertrand, I am going to do everything in my power to go to Milan during these four months of the exhibition, and of course get copies of the catalogue. If you go first, tell me!

I wish Brera would also bring out the Brambilla set for display again.
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Re: Sola Busca at Brera!!!

Postby Huck on 20 Sep 2012, 15:35

The fascinating exhibition “The Secret of Secrets: Sola Busca Tarot and the hermetic-alchemical culture between Marche and Veneto at the end of the fifteenth century”, explores the complex iconography of these beautiful playing cards: engravings illuminated in color and gold, made by the hand of the painter Nicola di Maestro Antonio from Ancona, who was guided in the choice of images by the humanist Ludovico Lazzarelli of San Severino Marche.


This sounds, as if they had found to a new theory.

The other article states:
"Sono i «Tarocchi Sola Busca» (dal nome della famiglia alla quale appartenevano), realizzati da un maestro ferrarese, forse legato a Cosmè Tura (al quale sono attribuiti i disegni preparatori per le carte), intorno al 1490."


So there's still the "maestro ferrarese".
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Re: Sola Busca at Brera!!!

Postby marco on 20 Sep 2012, 16:53

Huck wrote:The other article states:
"Sono i «Tarocchi Sola Busca» (dal nome della famiglia alla quale appartenevano), realizzati da un maestro ferrarese, forse legato a Cosmè Tura (al quale sono attribuiti i disegni preparatori per le carte), intorno al 1490."


So there's still the "maestro ferrarese".


This is two years old, it was written when the cards were acquired by the Brera Museum.
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Re: Sola Busca at Brera!!!

Postby debra on 20 Sep 2012, 23:37

Marco, Huck is quoting from that piece. He's saying, they seem to have a new idea not mentioned in the piece you linked.

Here's the google on-line translation.

The Tarot to revive Brera
Paid 800 000 euro: it is the 'only' pack 'full of the Renaissance

T o be able to give life to the planned extension of the Pinacoteca di Brera, expected to thirty years', we have to rely on the 'cabal', must have thought the Ministry for Cultural Heritage, as the Milan Museum has acquired, 800 000 euro, the 'only full deck of tarot cards, engraved on metal, Renaissance. They are the "Tarot Sola Busca" (from the name of the family to which they belonged), made by a master of Ferrara, perhaps linked to Cosme Tura (who is given the preparatory drawings for the cards), 1490. It is painted in tempera plates in different colors, with silver and gold on the various shields and coats of arms of 14 cm for seven, and they were bound by the 1924. I am a full deck of 78 cards, 14 for each suit (spades, clubs, gold, cups), or the Minor Arcana, and 22 picture cards, the Major Arcana. The knights, queens and kings of each series bear the names of classical and biblical characters. One paper, the 'last, shows the traditional figure of the Fool, or the wild card, which will hopefully come out to save the complex from Brera slow. It is a very important purchase (the second most expensive outlay of 2009 the ministry), because it makes the Brera museum with the most remarkable assembly prestigious card games of the Renaissance. The gallery had in fact already in 1971 acquired the 48 "Brambilla Tarot» products in the Duchy of Milan Sforza, who are a bunch more fragmentary one of the oldest series produced in Europe: the so-called deck made for Filippo Maria Visconti in 1447 preserved at Yale University Library in New Haven. The Visconti were one of the first families to spread the tarot cards (then called Triumphs). The most complete bunch come down to us, not made before 1450, is once again in Milan: these are the so-called "Tarot of Francesco Sforza," on which scheme is modeled in the next cards. So much so that often the coat of arms and motto Visconti "A bon droyt" appear, along with the heraldic symbols of the family (such as the radiant sun, three diamond rings intertwined, the snake) in some decks. In Milan, the game was so widespread that we find him also shown in several frescoes. The decks were usually made at parties, weddings or special occasions. The "Tarot Sola Busca" have already arrived in Milan and will be exhibited (perhaps as early as the end of 'year) in an exhibition on the culture of Ferrara. These tarot cards were not the 'single purchase of the ministry, after the controversial Crucifix by Michelangelo, in' last year has made evaluating the quality of historical, artistic and documentary works, the restoration of works dismembered in a single context and the completion and increase of special collections. In addition to the tarot, it should be noted between the purchases of 'last year, the large painting by Ludovico Brea (1,200,000 euro), which was originally part of an altarpiece for the chapel executed by the painter Pietro Di Fazio in the' old church Consolation of Genoa and from there moved away in 'Nineteenth Century (will Palazzo Spinola in Genoa). Overall, 's acquisition of new works in the Ministry of Culture' in 2009 spent € 3,073,950, of which 2,169,400 in private negotiations. Among the works that will arrive in Milan there are also "The Merchant of slaves," marble sculpture by Vincenzo Vela (78,400 euro) and "Study of the crowd in San pontificate of Pius VI Zanipolo in Venice," pen and ink drawing Look sepia watercolor. REPRODUCTION RESERVED

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Re: Sola Busca at Brera!!!

Postby Huck on 21 Sep 2012, 07:16

debra wrote:Marco, Huck is quoting from that piece. He's saying, they seem to have a new idea not mentioned in the piece you linked.


I think, Marco understood me.

When the other article is two years old, then it seems clear, that there is a new theory about the Sola-Busca on its way, likely presented in the catalog of the exhibition-in-spe.

We just have to wait for it.

Ross wrote:At the IPCS conference last weekend, there was some controversy about whether or not the exhibition would be held at all. This confirms it.


Do you have visited it? Did something of interest occur at his opportunity? Any reactions on Franco's new articles?
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