A NEW WONDERFUL REPRINT: THE MARSEILLE-PIEDMONTESE TAROT OF GIUSEPPE LANDO (TURIN 1832)

Dear friends,
you can not imagine the emotion I felt when, in an old archive in Turin, I discovered a copy of the Tarot of Marseilles printed by Giuseppe Lando shortly before his death in 1831.

LANDO SHEET

This deck is truly the “magic thread” that unites the Tarot of Marseille to the most authentic Italian tradition.
With great enthusiasm, the staff of Renaissance Italian Style Art decided to reprint the Tarot of Lando in a way absolutely faithful to the original, joining to the deck a historical research on Lando and his family.
It is a real joy to share this masterpiece with other Tarot enthusiasts, like you.
Read the description of the deck following the link. You will love discovering not only these beautiful Tarot, but also the history of this printer and his family.

More info at the page: MARSEILLE TAROT OF LANDO TAROT 1832

I wish you all the best.

Giordano Berti

 

 

 

 

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TAROT ANNIVERSARY : GIUSEPPE MARIA MITELLI

FEBRUARY, 7, 1718 : anniversary of the death of the Master of engraving art GIUSEPPE MARIA MITELLI, author of the wonderful

MITELLI’S TAROT 1660
(go to the page).

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AN ECLECTIC ARTIST

Among the many individuals that enrich the Tarot history, Giuseppe Maria Mitelli (born in Bologna in 1634) deserves a special place.

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“Carving to me was a game, indeed to play was like a Game, because carving for me was fun, just like a game”.

Giuseppe Maria Mitelli

 

 

 

 

This eclectic artist transformed the works of art of great painters into splendid engravings. He illustrated popular proverbs and invented new proverbs; portrayed the trades that took place on the streets of Bologna; ridiculed the customs and bad habits of poors and lords; created a wonderful “Alphabet of Dreams”. Above all, he loved to invent games.

Giuseppe Maria Mitelli created more than thirty board games whose titles make you smile and meditate, for example: Game of all forms of the Noses (1687), Game of Truth (1688), Game of a beloved woman with her lovers (1690), Game of Eyes and Mouths (1690), Game of husbands and wives (1691), Game of Fortune and Disgrace (about 1700).

Among the many games invented by Mitelli, the most important is certainly a deck composed of 62 cards, the Tarocchino Bolognese, made between 1660 and 1665 to be donate to a nobleman from Bologna, Count Filippo Bentivoglio.

MITELLI personaggi

The figures of the 22 Triumphs express a typically Baroque sensibility, reworking the traditional symbolic references.

 

SOME PUZZLES ABOUT THIS DECK

It is important to dwell on four figures that in Bologna and Florence were called “Popes”. The Emperor and the Pope, enthroned, remain the same, while the Popesse was replaced by Mitelli with a Bishop and the Empress with a King, both pictured standing.

One can ask: why the Popesse and the Empress was removed? In the book that accompanies the deck,  italian historian Giordano Berti reported his opinions on this detail. In addition, he faced other enigmas that still surround the history of the Tarot in Bologna: for example the legend of Prince Fibbia (considered at the time the inventor of the Tarot), the case of the forbidden Tarot of Montieri, sent to the stake in 1725, and many others curiosity.

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In summary, this work tells Mitelli’s adventurous life, his works and the individuals that are linked to his tarot deck.

In a long final chapter of the book, the Bolognese cartomancer Greta Boni Dori explains the meanings of the 62 cards and teaches how to use them for card reading according to the ancient Bolognese tradition; a tradition that precedes by a few decades the first “revelations” made in France by Etteilla around 1770.

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Together with the book one can have a wonderful version of Mitelli’s Tarocchini, complete with all 62 cards hand-painted cards with bright and harmonious colors.

This deck, kept at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, in 2017 has been faithfuly reproduced in a limited edition of 900 numbered copies and signed on a warranty card.

The Mitellis’ artwork is available in a Deluxe box (book shape), or in a simple box.

OTHER NEWS AND PICTURES :

GO TO THE PAGE MITELLI’S TAROT 1660

MITELLI DELUXE & ART BOX LQ

 

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Tarot Anniversary : Claudio Foudraz

FEBRUARY 4, 1802: born of lithographer CLAUDIO FOUDRAZ, author of the wonderful Oriental Tarot (go to the page).

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With regard to Claudio Foudraz there is scarce biographical information, but a careful French researcher, Philippe Noyes, has discovered some documents that allow us to outline at least the origins of this card maker.

Claudio Foudraz was born in Besana (today Bessans), Valley of Moriana, in Savoy (a region that belonged to the kings of Italy, ceded to France in 1860). From the documents found by Noyes it appears that the Foudraz family was dedicated to agriculture. However, both Claudio and his two brothers started the activity of lithographers still young.

In 1829 Claudio moved to Turin with his wife. For some time he worked under the famous lithograph Felice Festa. At the death of Festa, Foudraz opened his own shop, devoting himself to the more usual works (invoices, writing paper, advertising sheets, ornate paper of various kinds). He also published some books, views of Turin and some portraits of famous personalities, but his masterpiece were the 78 lithographs of the Oriental Tarot, made in 1845, of which we provide the description in a special card    (go to “Oriental Tarot 1845”).

Palazzo Scaglia di Verrua e Tarocchi Orientali di Foudraz

Above: Palazzo Scaglia di Verrua, in Contrada degli Stampatori n.4, in Turin. The door on the left, at number 6, was the workshop of Claudio Foudraz from 1846 to 1851; then the lithographer moved to Contrada degli Argentieri n.10.

Other news concerning Foudraz and the historical and artistic history of his Oriental Tarot are contained in the booklet that accompanies the reprint of the deck made by RINASCIMENTO – Italian Style Art  in 2016, edited by Giordano Berti.

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TAROT ANNIVERSARY : SALVADOR DALì

JANUARY 23, 1989 : the brilliant Spanish artist Salvador Dalì, considered one of the greatest exponents of the Surrealist Movement, left this world. Dalì was the author, among the many amazing works of art, of a Tarot deck bearing his name: El Tarot Universal Dalì, published for the first time in 1984.
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DALI 1

DALI 2

Finally Arrived! Mitelli’s Tarocchino 1660

After long researches, italian historian Giordano Berti announces a new Tarot jewel published by Rinascimento Italian Style Art.

LIMITED EDITION: 900 numbered copies.

The box contains an unpublished version of MITELLI’S TAROCCHINI printed in Bologna around 1660 (click and go to the page).

MITELLI BOX E CARTE SU TESSUTO.jpgAlong with the deck there is also A BOOK (124 pages in FULL COLOR) telling life and works of the great Bolognese artist Giuseppe Maria Mitelli, the content of her Tarot, the HISTORICAL CONTEXT in which these cards were created, the characters in relationship with this extraordinary artistic adventure.

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In the appendix to the book, italian scholar Greta Boni Dori describes the MEANINGS of 62 cards and DIVINATORY METHODS typical of Bologna, anticipating the first “revelations” of Etteilla for a few decades.

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