Dienstag, 7. Februar 2012

Medieval Scapini Tarot

Creator(s): Luigi Scapini
Date: 1985, reprint 2005
Country: USA
Publisher: US Games
Number of Cards: 78
ISBN: 0-88079-031-8
Type: Marseilles
Reference: Encyclopedia of Tarot, vol. III, pp. 595, 605-607

The Major Arcana and court cards have gold backgrounds in the manner of fifteenth–century European decks. Both the Major and Minor Arcana include full scenes. In the Minors, symmetrical arrangements of the suit symbols provide composition around which the scenes are arranged. 

Many of the cards depict historical figures eg.  Rasputin the Mad Monk of Russia represents the Knight of Cups and the 6 of Swords depicts St. Paul's moment of revelation on the Road to Damascus. Scapini has also drawn inspiration from modern life - the fanatic speaker on a podium in front of a crowd  in the 7 of Wands was inspired from daily scenes in Speakers Corner, Hyde Park, London. 

Printed on strong, plastic coated board, these cards are a bit longer (2-3/4" x 5-1/8") than most decks

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