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Little Tarot of Bologna

Little Tarot of Bologna

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 Tarocchino Bolognese
'Small Tarot' of Bolognese
Created By Giuseppe Maria Mitelli (1634-1718)
62 B&W engravings on uncoated, textured cardstock
Limited Edition 0f 1000
Dimensions: 2.76'' x 5.12 inches, 7 x 13 cm., (70/130 mm.)
Publisher: Il Meneghello, 1990

This large sized deck of 62 cards was drawn by the brilliant artist, Giuseppe Maria Mitelli around 1660-65, for the Bentivoglio, noble family of Bologna, the city where Mitelli lived and worked. This artist had a long and prolific career. The owners' crest is featured on the ace of Cups. While the ace of Coins, bears the artist's name (both cards shown below).

This 'tarocchino' (or 'little Tarot', since its not a full 78 card deck) is probably the earliest of its kind; a non standard tarot based on the pattern of Bologna. It is the only edition of its kind known, as other tarots made in that era were modeled on the pattern used in France and favored in the rest of Europe, known as Tarot of Marseille.

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