Omaggio a Erte - Review by Michele Jackson

This deck is an Italian Art deck. The name translates to "Homage to Erte." Erte was an artist/designer whose signature style features sinuous women in fabulous gowns or costumes. This deck was drawn by Amerigo Folchi, an artist who has done several Tarot decks. He drew the images in Erte's style. This is a 78 card deck. The Major Arcana maintain the traditional names. Justice is VIII and Strength is XI. There are no men in this deck. Even the Kings are women. The Emperor is a woman and the Lovers depicts two women. The suits are Pentacles, Cups, Wands and Swords. The court consists of King, Queen, Knight and Page. Each card had the title written in Italian in the top border and English in the bottom border. The Major Arcana show women in beautiful, full length gowns in front of colorful backgrounds. The art is highly detailed and the colors are intense. The court cards are in the same style. The Minors depict only an upper body view of a well dressed woman in the top half of the card, and the suit symbol in the proper number in the bottom half of the card. The backs are a colorful art deco design. There is very little Tarot symbolism. This deck is purely for viewing pleasure.

The cards are plastic coated and are of average size for a Tarot deck (4 1/4" X 2 5/8"). It is packaged in a slip sleeve, which is then enclosed in a two piece box. This is a numbered, limited edition of 1500. The little booklet that comes with the deck is written in Italian, so I can't comment on it. I can say that this deck is one of the most beautiful in my collection and that I recommend it for collectors and Erte fans.

Available from Il Trigono Edizione - Italy



Review Copyright 1998 Michele Jackson
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