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Art pack, Austria

Published July 02, 2024 Updated July 02, 2024

Renaissance portraits by Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, Hans Holbein, Barthel Beham, Christoph Amberger and many others.

Austria Kunsthistorisches Museum Piatnik Art Gallery Add to Collection

Printed by Piatnik (no. 118814) and published by the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, this undated pack (purchased in April 2024 in the Museum) features German Renaissance portraits by Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, Hans Holbein, Barthel Beham, Christoph Amberger, and many others. One non-German painter is represented – Jan van Eyck. Though a Flemish painter he is considered one of the most significant representatives of Early Northern Renaissance art. The pack contains three jokers, two of which are indicated by a star (*). The reverse shows Dürer’s Junge Venezianerin, 1506 (Portrait of a Venetian Woman). See the box

Art pack printed by Piatnik (no. 118814) and published by the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, undated Art pack printed by Piatnik (no. 118814) and published by the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, undated Art pack printed by Piatnik (no. 118814) and published by the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, undated

Above: Art pack printed by Piatnik (no. 118814) and published by the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, undated. The reverse shows Dürer’s Junge Venezianerin, 1506 (Portrait of a Venetian Woman).

Note: on the Piatnik website this pack is titled Art Pack II. There appears to be an Art pack I (no. 147715) also published by the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

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By Peter Burnett

Member since July 27, 2022

I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.

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Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.

Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.


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