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I Tarocchi di Mantegna c.1470 "Collection"


It consists of 50 letters plus brochure with instructions in Italian language.

Impressive Mantegna Tarot by il Meneghello 1988. Limited and numbered edition of (1000) copies worldwide. (50 Incisioni di scuola ferrarese v. 1470).

Andrea Mantegna (1431 - 1506) was an Italian painter from the 14th century. He was born in Isola di Carturo, a village near Padua. At the age of 10 he began to work in the painting workshop of Francesco Squarcione in Padua. To the 17 years it becomes independent, tired of that its artistic talent is appropriated by its maintainer.

At that time Padua boiled as a place especially conducive to the art of Mantegna. He frequents the city's antiquaries, paying special attention to the painting and art of ancient Rome and shaping his own style. His first important works are in the chapel of San Jacopo and San Cristoforo de los Ovetari (church of the Eremitani of Padua). Later, he performs what, for many, is his most important work: the mural decoration of the "House of the spouses" in the Doge's Palace of the Gonzaga.

Also before reaching the age of thirty he realized the San Sebastián now conserved in Vienna (Kunsthistorisches Museum), and expands its fame by all Italy. After a stay in Rome under the orders of Pope Innocent VIII to restore different works, he returns to Mantua to begin (between 1489 and 1490) the series of canvases of the triumphs of Caesar (conserved in the palace of Hampton Court in Great Britain) and Parnassus (1497) commissioned by Isabel de Este (which is preserved in the Louvre Museum).

This tarot of il Meneghello, was based on an enigmatic masterpiece of the art of engraving that for a long time, were attributed to Mantegna, denominating for that reason the Tarot of Mantegna, but, as it was demonstrated by Giordano Berti in the catalog of the exhibition A House di Andrea Mantegna. Artistic culture to Mantova nel Quattrocento (Mantua, 2006), is not properly a Tarot, nor a creation of the famous painter.

This deck, of which a dozen copies are preserved in various libraries and museums, was carried out in Italy, in Ferrara or in a Venetian city, around 1465. It was clearly an educational game that represents a conception of the world typical of The Middle Ages.

This tarot deck is also known as Baldini Cards. The Tarot of Mantegna is attributed to Francesco de Cossa, illustrated by Andrea Mantegna and interpreted by Baldini. Two decks of the Mantegna Tarot have been found: a monochrome of 1460, and a finer and more finished finish, dated 1488. The Mantegna Tarot is composed of five sticks: the social classes, the virtues and principles of the Cosmos, the Planets and spheres, muses, and arts and science. Il Meneghello offers us in this reproduction an exquisite tarot that should not be missing in our collections.


Number of Cards: 50

Italian language.

Stock: Last Units


This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 26 February, 2017.
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