Renaissance Tarot (I Tarocchi Del Rinascimento)                                       Review by Michele Jackson

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This is an art deck by Georgio Trevisan. The medium appears to be watercolor. The art is good and, while a few of the images resemble Waite-Smith, most are totally original. The suits are Pentacles, Chalices, Wands and Swords and the court consists of King, Queen , Knight and Knave. The scenes are nicely detailed and the colors are rich and deep. The Majors have the name at the bottom of the card in English, French, Spanish and German and the Roman Numeral for the card. Justice is VIII and Strength is XI. The Minors are fully illustrated and few bear any resemblance to the Waite-Smith deck. The scenes and costumes depict the Renaissance period. Some of the scenes are quite whimsical, like the Ten of Pentacles, which shows a woman flying over the rooftops behind ten gold coins. I should mention that this deck was originally released in a 22 card majors only version.

There is no little booklet with this deck, rather it has extra cards included with instructions and interpretations in English, French, Spanish and German. The interpretations are short by necessity. The scenes depicted often bear little resemblance to the interpretations given. One wonders whether the artist ever saw the interpretations and whether the writer ever saw the art.

I recommend this deck for collectors or for those who like art decks. As previously mentioned, the interpretations provided do not necessarily match the scenes depicted, which would make reading this deck a little challenging.

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