Friday, 9 February 2018

Da Vinci Tarot

Da Vinci Tarot Artwork by Iassen Ghiuselev and Atanas Atanasov and the text of the little white booklet included in the pack by Mark McElroy. Published by Lo Scarabeo. The basis of the 78 images in this deck are the artworks of Leonardo da Vinci which have soft muted and sepia tinted tones. Computer graphics have been added to Leonardo's artwork to create this tarot deck but I enjoyed the cards and was transported back in time to Renaissance Italy. As Leonardo might have met Ludovico de Sforza who commissioned the earliest tarot decks of his time, maybe there was a consideration of the tarot in Leonardo's mind. 

This deck is a combined work of two Bulgarian artists. Ghiuselev completed the artwork on the major arcana in 1990s and Atanassov carried this work further ten years later by completing the minor arcana. Atanassov is known for his artwork on the tarot decks of Bosch, the Golden Tarot of the Tsar, and Visconti Tarot. 
I find the major arcana the most magical as their titles are in mirror writing which Leonardo enjoyed producing. The number of the major cards is in Latin numerals and the card title in six European languages at the corners. The minors have Arabic numerals with their suit titles included. The court cards have no number but their titles are written on the cards. The backs give nothing away as to whether the cards land upright or reversed. I think it will help readings to study the characters portrayed in the images. Who doesn't love Leonardo! These images are a great joy to work with, they are inspiring and they reach deep within the mind and heart for understanding. I like to intuit what the personalities within the cards are thinking, and this helps my readings immensely. A great deck - give it a try! Review by Wendy Stokes

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