Visconti-Sforza Tarot Cards (page 1/8)

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The Visconti-forza tarot cards predate the invention of “regular” playing cards with their hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades. They appear originally have been for a game a little like whist, in which you must follow suit or play a trump, and in which you work with a partner to take tricks.

The pack shown here dates from the 1450s. It is incomplete: it does not have the 3 of swords, the Knight of Coins, the Tower or the Devil. In addition, six cards have been substituted from another pack: Fortitude, Temperance The Moon, The Star, The Sun and The World.

I did not scan these images, although I do own a fac-simile of the cards. They came from David Madore, with permission; see also David Madore’s site. The images themselves are in the public domain.

Title: Visconti-Sforza Tarot Cards

Author: unknown

City: Milan

Date: 1455

Total items: 74

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: Trump 0 (or 22): Fool.]

Trump 0 (or 22): Fool.

arcanum-fool [$]

[picture: Knight of Swords.]

Knight of Swords.

swords-12-knight [$]

[picture: Trump 4: Emperor.]

Trump 4: Emperor.

Major Arcana (trumps): Emperor [$]

[picture: Trump 20: Judgement.]

Trump 20: Judgement.

Major Arcana (trumps): Judgement [$]

[picture: Eight of Coins]

Eight of Coins

coins-08 [$]


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The Visconti-forza tarot cards predate the invention of “regular” playing cards with their hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades. They appear originally have been for a game a little like whist, in which you must follow suit or play a trump, and in which you work with a partner to take tricks.

The pack shown here dates from the 1450s. It is incomplete: it does not have the 3 of swords, the Knight of Coins, the Tower or the Devil. In addition, six cards have been substituted from another pack: Fortitude, Temperance The Moon, The Star, The Sun and The World.

I did not scan these images, although I do own a fac-simile of the cards. They came from David Madore, with permission; see also David Madore’s site. The images themselves are in the public domain.


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