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Visconti Tarot 1450


Visconti Tarots Deck 1450   "Originally commissioned in 1450 by the Duke of Milan, and attributed to Bonifacio Bembo, this is a reproduction of the oldest extant Tarot deck.  This is a lavish, exquisite, reproduction of the original deck by Lo Scarabeo.  Perhaps the oldest—and certainly the most complete—example we have of the Tarot is known by a variety of names.  Attributed to Bonifacio Bembo, they were commissioned in 1450 for Filippo Maria Visconti, the Duke of Milan, Italy.  Because they weren’t finished until his successor, Francesco Sforza, was in office, this deck is often called the Visconti-Sforza Tarot or simply the Visconti Tarot."  This version includes a left sidebar with the name of the card in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.  Llewellyn Publications, 2000.  ISBN: 9780738700199.  VSCL. 



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