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 here, 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: Ten of Swords]

Ten of Swords

swords-10 [$]

[picture: Eight of Swords]

Eight of Swords

swords-08 [$]

[picture: Trump 6: Lovers.]

Trump 6: Lovers.

Major Arcana (trumps): Lovers [$]

[picture: Nine of Batons]

Nine of Batons

staves-09 [$]

[picture: Seven of Batons]

Seven of Batons

staves-07 [$]


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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 here, with permission; see also David Madore’s site. The images themselves are in the public domain.


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