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The Major and Minor Arcana of Venice Tarot describes Venice’s appeal, with its fabulous landmarks, its Doges and Condottieri, the Artists who helped to make it great, the Crafts that made it bustling and vibrant, the Masks of Commedia dell’Arte, the Poetesses and the Ladies of Court who fired the imagination of Europe’s powerful men, and the diviners, the magicians and the philosophers who had their works printed there.

Some Major and Minor Arcana card can remember the images of some ancient deck (Marseille, Waite-Smith, Wirth, etc.); some other is inspired to a masterpiece of venetian artists (Canaletto, Tintoretto, Veronese, etc.) but this is normal, for an artist wich primary aesthetical references are in the Baroque Art.

As explained by Giulia Orsini, editor of the booklet accompanying the deck, the marvellous Arcana of Venice Tarot can be used as an effective divining tool because every figure evokes concepts, ideas and situations that apply to the daily life of today. Therefore, the 22 Major Arcana, although depicting characters linked to the history of the Republic of Venice, are to be regarded as allegories of human virtues and vices. Likewise, the 56 Minor Arcana are symbol of different human passions, desires, fears, ambitions, emotional stress, etc.