Marseille Tarot cards by Charles Cheminade of Grenoble, France, early 18th century.
The woodcuts were produced by Francois Georgin (1801-1863), a famous engraver during the Napoleonic period, retaining the composition and general features of the Tarot de Marseille.
Facsimile of Tarot de Marseille by Iohann Christoph Hes, Augsburg, c.1750.
Jean Noblet: the oldest known ‘Tarot de Marseille’ deck, Paris, c.1650.
Tarot, originally a 15th century card game from Italy, has evolved into a form of personal mysticism and spiritual exploration, offering new visions of expanding awareness.
Designed by Cesare Asaro to simulate decks from the 1700s or earlier, the Tarot of Musterberg is based on the traditional Tarot de Marseille but with an imaginary historical background.
When playing cards have titles or legends these reference a written/literary tradition of some form. It connects the image to a wider cultural sphere, extending the visual impact.