FACSIMILE TAROT - I tarocchi del Mantegna, 50 incisioni di scuola ferrarese c. 1470 - Numbered edition
Facsimile of I Tarocchi del Mantegna.
(50 incisioni di scuola ferrarese c. 1470)
Numbered edition of 1000 copies.
IL TAROCCHI DEL MANTEGNA, Il Meneghello - 1988.
Andrea Mantegna (1431–1506) was an Italian painter of the Quattrocento. Born in Isola di Carturo, a village near Padua, at the age of 10 he began working in the painting workshop of Francesco Squarcione in Padua. At the age of 17 he becomes independent, tired of his artistic talent being appropriated by his employer. In those days, Padua was bursting as a place especially conducive to the art of Mantegna. He frequents the antiques dealers of the city, paying special attention to the painting and art of Ancient Rome, while he is defining his own style. His first important works were carried out in the chapel of Saint James and Saint Christopher of the Ovetari (Church of the Eremitani in Padua). Later he made what many consider his most important work: the mural decoration of the Chamber of the Spouses in the Ducal Palace of the Gonzaga.
This tarot of Il Meneghello was based on an enigmatic masterpiece of the art of engraving that was for a long time attributed to Mantegna and so called the Tarot of Mantegna. But, as demonstrated by Giordano Berti in the catalogue of the exhibition ‘A casa di Andrea Mantegna. Cultura artistica a Mantova nel Quattrocento (Mantua, 2006)’ , it’s not strictly speaking a tarot, nor a creation of the famous painter. With a dozen copies kept in several libraries and museums, this deck was made in Italy, in Ferrara or a city in Veneto, around 1465. It was clearly an educational set representing 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 Tarot of Mantegna have been found: a monochromatic one from 1460, and colour one with a more careful finish dated 1488. The Tarot of Mantegna is composed of five suits: social classes; virtues and principles of the cosmos; planets and spheres; muses; arts and science.
Il Meneghello offers with this reproduction an exquisite tarot, a must in our collections.