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Tarocchi del Decamerone
Review by Michele Jackson

I have had this deck for a while now and hesitated to review it. However, I am sure there are folks who have seen it at Alida and are wondering what it is all about. 

This Major Arcana deck is an Italian art deck designed to be viewed by adults only. The cards are very large at 9 1/8" X 4 1/2". They have the traditional names in Italian. The card name and number are in the top border. Justice is VIII and Strength is XI. The backs look reversible, but there are different images on each end making it possible to tell whether the card is reversed from the back. They are of a fairly heavy card stock and are coated on both sides.  The art is good. The deck illustrates the stories of  the Decamarone - a set of stories written in the 1300s by Giovanni Boccaccio. Some cards are designed to shock. For example, the Hierophant shows a nun and a priest. Although fully clothed, the image is quite suggestive. Justice is much more to the point, depicting a severed male organ being weighed against some gold pieces, the bloody knife is nearby. In its favor, this deck does not just show female body parts - both sexes are depicted in all of their glory, or lack thereof. The people in this deck represent a wide range of body types. In fact, very few are of a body type that one usually associates with erotic art. The Empress is an example. Several cards depict group activities. People from all classes of society are shown - peasants, royalty, knights, servants, clergy and merchants. Various types of sexual activity are shown. However, it all appears to be heterosexual in nature.

There is no little booklet for this deck. It comes encased in a three section cardboard inner case that slides into an outer sleeve. The inner case has descriptive information in Italian. The first two sections appear to describe the deck, while the last section appears to discuss the artist.

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I Tarocchi del Decamerone
Published by Ideagramma
Available from Alida

Images Copyright 1993 Ideaogramma



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