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Visconti-Sforza

The Visconti-Sforza Tarot is a reproduction of a deck from the 15th Century, one of the oldest Tarot decks, featuring authentic and hauntingly beautiful medieval scenes with no text.

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From the U.S. Games Visconti-Sforza booklet:

Reproduction of the Pierpont Morgan Visconti-Sforzatarocchi deck is an important event for Tarot collectors and researchers of art history. These rare cards have been reproduced in authentic color tones from the extant Visconti-Sforza tarocchi deck dating from mid-fifteenth century Milan. Italy holds the honor of producing several of the earliest known hand-painted playing card packs that contain the 22 mystical and allegorical trump cards called trionfi.

The incomplete extant packs include 74 cards from the Visconti-Sforza tarocchi pack, 67 cards from the Cary-Yale Visconti tarocchi pack, and 48 cards from the Brera Gallery or Brambilla Visconti pack. artists in Ferrara and Florence also hand painted fifteenth century tarocchi cards. The connection of cards to the Visconti and Sforza families of fifteenth century Milan is based upon the heraldic devices and mottos appearing on the cards. the term tarocchi was used in Italy in the early sixteenth century, and quite probably in the late fifteenth century, to describe the complete 78 card deck consisting of 22 trionfi, or trump cards, and 56 suit cards.

The words tarocchi and tarocco are often used interchangeably although tarocchi is actually the plural of tarocco. The French word Tarot, a derivative of tarocchi, has come into widespread use in the English language. The term trumps is derived from the Latin triumphi. Arcanais a Latin word meaning mysterious or secret; the Italian word arcano, derived from the Latin, has the same meaning. The 22 trump cards are known today by Tarot deck collectors as the major arcana or Greater arcana cards, and each card depicts a symbolic, allegorical picture.

The trump cards also are known as atouts in French and tarocchi in Italian. The 56 suit cards, also known as the minor arcana or Lesser arcana cards, are divided into four suits of Swords, Wands (Batons, Staves, Scepters, or Clubs), Cups (Chalices), and Coins (Pentacles). Each suite comprises 14 cards consisting of King, Queen, Knight, Page, plus Pip cards numbered 10 to 1.

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MAJOR ARCANA
The Fool The Magician The High Priestess The Empress The Emperor The Hierophant The Lovers The Chariot Strength The Hermit Wheel of Fortune Justice The Hanged Man Death Temperance The Devil The Tower The Star The Moon The Sun Judgment The World
WANDS
Ace of Wands
Two of Wands
Three of Wands
Four of Wands
Five of Wands
Six of Wands
Seven of Wands
Eight of Wands
Nine of Wands
Ten of Wands
Page of Wands
Knight of Wands
Queen of Wands
King of Wands
CUPS
Ace of Cups
Two of Cups
Three of Cups
Four of Cups
Five of Cups
Six of Cups
Seven of Cups
Eight of Cups
Nine of Cups
Ten of Cups
Page of Cups
Knight of Cups
Queen of Cups
King of Cups
SWORDS
Ace of Swords
Two of Swords
Three of Swords
Four of Swords
Five of Swords
Six of Swords
Seven of Swords
Eight of Swords
Nine of Swords
Ten of Swords
Page of Swords
Knight of Swords
Queen of Swords
King of Swords
COINS
Ace of Coins
Two of Coins
Three of Coins
Four of Coins
Five of Coins
Six of Coins
Seven of Coins
Eight of Coins
Nine of Coins
Ten of Coins
Page of Coins
Knight of Coins
Queen of Coins
King of Coins

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