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Minchiate Fiorentine, 17th C.

Minchiate originated in Florence in the early 16th century. It is an enlarged version of a tarot pack, containing 41 trumps instead of 22, including the twelve signs of the Zodiac, the four Elements and four Virtues. The Cavalli are either centaurs or half-human creatures. 97 cards in total.

17th century Minchiate cards reprinted from the original woodblocks

Above: cards from a 17th century set of Minchiate reprinted from the original woodblocks as a limited edition facsimile by Vito Arienti, Edizioni del Solleone, Lissone (Milan), 1969.

Last Updated February 29, 2016 at 02:02pm

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