Dondorf GmbH: ‘Medicaer Spielkarte No.272’
These finely lithographed playing cards printed by Dondorf GmbH derive their theme from historical and political events as well as the artistic patrons of the Italian Renaissance. The court cards depict members of the powerful Florentine dynasty of the Medici family taken from oil paintings by Bronzino, Sustermans and Pourbus: four Great Dukes with their families. The four double-ended scenic Aces and illustrate buildings relevant to the history of the Medici dynasty. The deck uses the French standard suit system in combination with original court figures and Italian indices (A, R, D, F) and was probably produced for the Italian market.
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