Finally back in print after many years, this hard-to-find deck is sure to become your new favorite! Its splendid imagery harkens back to the Italian Renaissance, when hand-painted Tarot decks were treasured possessions of noble men and women.
Through the exquisite artwork of Brian Williams, Renaissance Tarot connects traditional Tarot symbology to the splendor of European Renaissance culture and classical mythology. The 22 Major Arcana cards feature the Olympian deities and demi-gods of antiquity. Card titles are in English and Italian.
In the included booklet, each card description identifies both the Greek and Roman deity as well as his related attributes. For example, the Fool is associated with Dionysus/Bacchus and the Magician with Hermes/Mercury. The four suits in the Minor Arcana are represented by four classical myth cycles with an interlocking system of planets, constellations, seasons, and elements. Swords relate to Achilles; Staves to Hercules; Cups to Cupid and Psyche; and Coins to Persephone. The great cities of Renaissance Italy are represented in the court cards. The back design of Renaissance Tarot features a mandala incorporating symbols of the four suits and the four elements.
Card dimensions: 5 in x 2.75 in
Creator: Brian Williams