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Cary-Yale Visconti Tarocchi Tarot Deck

Cary-Yale Visconti Tarocchi

The Cary-Yale Visconti Tarocchi Deck is comprised of 22 Major Arcana and 64 Minor Arcana cards. The deck includes reproductions of tarocchi cards from the Cary Collection of Playing Cards, now housed at Yale University. Nineteen cards have been recreated to replace missing originals. In addition to the King and Queen, each suit in the Minor Arcana contains both male and female Knights and Pages.

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From the U.S. Games Cary-Yale Visconti Tarocchi Tarot booklet:

From the U.S. Games Cary-Yale Visconti Tarocchi Tarot booklet:

These rare cards have been reproduced in authentic color tones from the extant Visconti-Sforza tarocchi deck dating from mid-fifteenth century milan.

Italy holds the honor of producing several of the earliest known hand-painted playing card packs that contain the twenty-two mystical and allegorical trump cards called trionfi. The incomplete extant packs include 74-cards from the Visconti-Sforza tarocchi pack, 57-cards from the Cary-Yale Visconti tarocchi pack, and 48-cards from the Brera Gallery or Brambilla Visconti pack. Artists in Ferrara and Florence also hand painted fifteenth century tarocchi cards. The connection of cards to the Visconti and Sforza families of fifteenth century milan is based upon the heraldic devices and mottos appearing on the cards.

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