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Published April 11, 2013 Updated March 14, 2022

Tarocco Neoclassico

Gumppenberg published several new decks by artists or engravers of the day. The designs are clear and well-engraved, in the style of the revival of antiquity, preserving the symbolic intensity of the Tarot.

Italy Gumppenberg Solleone Facsimiles & Replicas Tarocco 1980

“Tarocco Neoclassico Italiano”, c.1810

Originally published by Ferdinando Gumppenberg in c.1810, this facsimile edition was published in 1980 by Edizioni del Solleone. Gumppenberg published several new decks by well-known artists or engravers of the day. The designs are clear and well-engraved, in the style of the revival of antiquity, and preserving the symbolic intensity of the Tarot, but adding new nuances. Delicate borders and calligraphic inscriptions inspired by neoclassical art complement the drawings and colouring in this fine historic deck.

'Tarocco Neoclassico Italiano', based on an original engraved deck by Ferdinando Gumppenberg from c.1810

Above: 'Tarocco Neoclassico Italiano', based on an original engraved deck by Ferdinando Gumppenberg from c.1810, re-published in 1980 as a limited facsimile edition of 1500 by Edizioni del Solleone, and again in 1984 as a second edition of 999, under the direction of Vito Arienti. The figures are delicately engraved and fit comfortably within the confined space of a playing card, each one set within an ornamental border. The pip cards use arrangements and iconography reminiscent of engraved Spanish decks from the same period, without intercrossing swords and batons. The ace of swords carries the tax stamp valid from 1807 to 1816. Gumppenberg was inspired by the work of the Spanish engraver Clemente Roxas of Madrid. Here and there the designs depart from traditional tarot images. For example, the Lovers card depicts a woman in between two men, instead of the other way round. The same original cards were also re-published by Lo Scarabeo as: 'Antichi Tarocci Lombardi' in 1995 and by Edition Fabbri, France, in 2003.


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See also: “Tarocchino Lombardo” c.1835Tarot Heritage website

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By Rod Starling

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Rod Starling is one of the founding members of the 52 Plus Joker card collectors club. He has written many articles for the club's quarterly newsletter, Clear the Decks. His collection still encompasses both foreign and American decks. Rod has also authored a book titled The Art and Pleasures of Playing Cards.

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