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Visconti-Sforza Deck

The Visconti-Sforza Tarot is a reproduction of a deck from the 15th Century, one of the oldest Tarot decks, featuring authentic and hauntingly beautiful medieval scenes with no text. Learn More

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Visconti-Sforza Tarot Deck

Major Arcana

The Fool Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
The Fool
The Magician Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
The Magician
The High Priestess Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
The High Priestess
The Empress Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
The Empress
The Emperor Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
The Emperor
The Hierophant Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
The Hierophant
The Lovers Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
The Lovers
The Chariot Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
The Chariot
Strength Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Strength
The Hermit Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
The Hermit
Wheel of Fortune Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Wheel of Fortune
Justice Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Justice
The Hanged Man Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
The Hanged Man
Death Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Death
Temperance Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Temperance
The Devil Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
The Devil
The Tower Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
The Tower
The Star Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
The Star
The Moon Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
The Moon
The Sun Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
The Sun
Judgement Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Judgement
The World Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
The World

The Wands

Ace of Wands Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Ace of Wands
Two of Wands Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Two of Wands
Three of Wands Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Three of Wands
Four of Wands Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Four of Wands
Five of Wands Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Five of Wands
Six of Wands Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Six of Wands
Seven of Wands Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Seven of Wands
Eight of Wands Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Eight of Wands
Nine of Wands Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Nine of Wands
Ten of Wands Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Ten of Wands
Page of Wands Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Page of Wands
Knight of Wands Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Knight of Wands
Queen of Wands Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Queen of Wands
King of Wands Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
King of Wands

The Cups

Ace of Cups Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Ace of Cups
Two of Cups Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Two of Cups
Three of Cups Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Three of Cups
Four of Cups Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Four of Cups
Five of Cups Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Five of Cups
Six of Cups Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Six of Cups
Seven of Cups Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Seven of Cups
Eight of Cups Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Eight of Cups
Nine of Cups Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Nine of Cups
Ten of Cups Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Ten of Cups
Page of Cups Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Page of Cups
Knight of Cups Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Knight of Cups
Queen of Cups Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Queen of Cups
King of Cups Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
King of Cups

The Swords

Ace of Swords Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Ace of Swords
Two of Swords Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Two of Swords
Three of Swords Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Three of Swords
Four of Swords Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Four of Swords
Five of Swords Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Five of Swords
Six of Swords Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Six of Swords
Seven of Swords Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Seven of Swords
Eight of Swords Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Eight of Swords
Nine of Swords Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Nine of Swords
Ten of Swords Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Ten of Swords
Page of Swords Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Page of Swords
Knight of Swords Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Knight of Swords
Queen of Swords Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Queen of Swords
King of Swords Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
King of Swords

The Coins

Ace of Coins Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Ace of Coins
Two of Coins Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Two of Coins
Three of Coins Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Three of Coins
Four of Coins Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Four of Coins
Five of Coins Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Five of Coins
Six of Coins Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Six of Coins
Seven of Coins Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Seven of Coins
Eight of Coins Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Eight of Coins
Nine of Coins Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Nine of Coins
Ten of Coins Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Ten of Coins
Page of Coins Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Page of Coins
Knight of Coins Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Knight of Coins
Queen of Coins Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
Queen of Coins
King of Coins Tarot card in Visconti-Sforza deck
King of Coins

About the Visconti-Sforza Deck

Reproduction of the Pierpont Morgan Visconti-Sforzatarocchi deck is an important event for Tarot collectors and researchers of art history. These rare cards have been reproduced in authentic color tones from the extant Visconti-Sforza tarocchi deck dating from mid-fifteenth century Milan. Italy holds the honor of producing several of the earliest known hand-painted playing card packs that contain the 22 mystical and allegorical trump cards called trionfi.

The incomplete extant packs include 74 cards from the Visconti-Sforza tarocchi pack, 67 cards from the Cary-Yale Visconti tarocchi pack, and 48 cards from the Brera Gallery or Brambilla Visconti pack. artists in Ferrara and Florence also hand painted fifteenth century tarocchi cards. The connection of cards to the Visconti and Sforza families of fifteenth century Milan is based upon the heraldic devices and mottos appearing on the cards. the term tarocchi was used in Italy in the early sixteenth century, and quite probably in the late fifteenth century, to describe the complete 78 card deck consisting of 22 trionfi, or trump cards, and 56 suit cards.

The words tarocchi and tarocco are often used interchangeably although tarocchi is actually the plural of tarocco. The French word Tarot, a derivative of tarocchi, has come into widespread use in the English language. The term trumps is derived from the Latin triumphi. Arcanais a Latin word meaning mysterious or secret; the Italian word arcano, derived from the Latin, has the same meaning. The 22 trump cards are known today by Tarot deck collectors as the major arcana or Greater arcana cards, and each card depicts a symbolic, allegorical picture.

The trump cards also are known as atouts in French and tarocchi in Italian. The 56 suit cards, also known as the minor arcana or Lesser arcana cards, are divided into four suits of Swords, Wands (Batons, Staves, Scepters, or Clubs), Cups (Chalices), and Coins (Pentacles). Each suite comprises 14 cards consisting of King, Queen, Knight, Page, plus Pip cards numbered 10 to 1.