Our first expression of Leonardo was presented here on Kickstarter three years ago, and became one of the most successful playing card projects of all time.
❝ Mine arrived yesterday, and they are magnificent. Your deck definitely deserves to be nominated for Kickstarter Deck Of The Year.❞ ~ A. Wilson
Today we are delighted to announce Leonardo MMXVIII - An impassioned re-imagining of a classic, yours to treasure in a set of Edition Gold and Edition Silver art playing cards!
❝ ...they took my breath away. The detail you put into this project is truly stunning. Of the hundreds of decks I've collected, this now easily ranks as #1 in my collection.❞ ~ G. McAvoy
Leonardo MMXVIII Edition Gold | Ace of Spades
Careful study of this card reveals the Rhombicuboctahedron at the centre. Leonardo drew this geometrical illustration for his friend Luca Pacioli's book The Divine Proportion. It is believed to be the first of it’s kind. The anatomical study of a human skull is from The Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace. All together they conspire to form The Death Card, the Ace of Spades.
❝ The art style is great, and it has so many amazing details. I just can't stop looking at it! Great work!❞ ~ G. Cordeiro
Leonardo MMXVIII Edition Gold | Two Jokers
This empathetic view of a prisoner begging, set within the front left section of the drawing for The Adoration of the Magi, forms the basis for one of the two Jokers. The other is from a whimsical costume drawing for a masked ball, done for one of Leonardo's wealthy patrons.
❝ Masterful artistry. Leonardo would appreciate it I am sure.❞ ~ A. Flores
Leonardo MMXVIII Edition Gold | King and Queen of Spades
A most royal couple indeed! The King of Spades, shown in Edition Gold, is sourced from four different works in graphite by Leonardo. The Queen, also rendered from a variety of folio work, is portrayed amid the timeless Tuscan landscape.
❝ These cards are the very embodiment of exquisite.❞ ~ J. Gómez
Leonardo MMXVIII Edition Silver | Ace of Hearts
Leonardo's lifelong interest in anatomy was profound. He utilised these anatomical studies across the entire spectrum of his work. Our Ace of Hearts, with it's unborn child in the womb, conjures up a symbol of life, which stands in bold contrast to the Ace of Spades, the chilling icon of Death.
❝ I can find only three words to describe your cards: Magnificent, Flamboyant & Unique. Love it so much. ❞ ~ B. Alsaif
Leonardo MMXVIII Edition Silver | Queen and Jack of Hearts
The Heart Queen is from The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and Saint John the Baptist, at the National Gallery in London, a work of exceptional light and shadow. Notice the integration of the background imagery on the Jack, a blend of four different folio drawings, primarily from the Codex Atlanticus.
❝ Love my deck! I appreciate your attention to detail and look forward to using them for a long time. Thanks again!!❞ ~ A. Bloom
Leonardo MMXVIII Edition Gold | Card Back
Leonardo was keenly interested in the hidden patterns of nature. He found great delight in rendering subtle details. The back of the cards feature the beloved L'Uomo Vitruviano, surrounded by numerous small drawings of the master.
❝ I got mine today. I am pretty amazed by your work! You made a unique card pack of Leonardo da Vinci's legacy, really thank you for it! I am proud to own one.❞ ~ B. Kosaras
Leonardo MMXVIII Edition Silver | King of Hearts
Leonardo was unsurpassed in his ability to render movement within a composition. Depicted above in Edition Silver, this is The Suicide King, the King of Hearts. This dramatic and ferocious figure comes to us from The Battle of Anghiari, the original of which is lost.
❝ Truly incredible effort, these cards are in another league!❞ ~ F. Yucca
Leonardo MMXVIII Edition Silver | Tenacious Design
The Leonardo cards are designed with great respect for Leonardo's work, and his constant, yet daunting, strive for perfection. The two tens shown above aptly illustrate this. Every card in Leonardo MMXVIII is unique, from the pips, to the famous Leonardo mirror script, to the background parchment, to the distressing of the ink.
❝ Each individual card is a literal delight, each face card a triumph of design.❞ ~ T. Jensen
Leonardo MMXVIII Edition Gold | Jack of Spades
This iconic work of Leonardo, The Bust of a Warrior in Profile, initiated our idea of designing art playing cards based on his Renaissance masterworks. Compositing this card, The One Eyed Jack, from the soldier’s head to the crossbow elements demonstrated that the concept, though dauntingly difficult, had great potential. Leonardo’s original silverpoint drawing can be found today in The British Museum.
Leonardo MMXVIII | Updated, Improved, and Re-Imagined.
❝ Art is never finished, only abandoned.❞ ~ Leonardo da Vinci
In the same spirit that Leonardo devotedly re-worked and re-engineered his masterpieces, we have gone back to our originals and made the following improvements and enhancements:
I. Card Faces ☛ Every card face has been revisited and adjusted for brightness, gamma, contrast, colour fidelity, sharpness, hue, and saturation. All our Leonardo artwork has received delicate adjustments in the fine details to improve the overall harmony and playability of the decks.
II. Card Backs ☛ The card backs have been subtly redesigned to be more magician friendly. This improvement required great care and patience in the manual adjustment of the myriad elements on the back to maintain the organic quality of this delicately balanced design.
III. Tucks ☛ We have improved and updated the graphics on all sides for brightness and colour harmony. We have exchanged the Leonardo quotation on the inside. In addition, we are in the process of considering a change to the inside foil pattern - which could now be based on Leonardo's Rhombus, rather than the suit symbols.
IV. Stamp Seal ☛ New postage stamp/seals have been designed, based on the Rhombicuboctahedron and include the MMXVIII moniker of the new collection.
V. Commemorative Coin ☛ Two turned into one, the coin is bi-metal, a beautiful interpolation of antique gold and silver. It will be enlarged to 2" in diameter, a significant increase in size and heft in the hand. Additionally, the coin now benefits from a precision reeded edge.
Leonardo MMXVIII remains true to the original, but with strong substantial improvements across the complete work. We will continue to improve and refine Leonardo MMXVIII up to the moment we green light the final proofs for print.
❝...truly beautiful cards, and I can't decide if I want to play with them right away or spare them so they stay so perfect for some time longer.❞ ~ Y. Hartmann
Leonardo MMXVIII | Stamp Seal
The Rhombicuboctahedron makes a fitting emblem for sealing the mysteries contained within your Leonardo tuck! Will you have the courage to break the seal? Many dedicated collector's order an extra set of decks, so that they can keep one set unopened... forever!
❝ I just received my coins, and they are.... absolutely magnificent! The artwork, design, and detail are amazing and compliment the overall project perfectly.❞ ~ R. Bartlett
Leonardo MMXVIII | Commemorative Coin
The new 2" (5.08 cm) precision engraved Antique Gold on Silver Commemorative Coin can be used as a dealer button, a beautiful display piece, or as a decision maker.
Expertly minted and finished in the US, it is the perfect complement to your Leonardo decks. The front side features our iconic Jack of Spades, while the reverse displays the Ace of Spades, in bold three dimensional relief.
❝ Your Leonardo cards are fabulous! Loved the design, artwork and quality.❞ ~ R. Ellis
Leonardo MMXVIII | The Rhombi
The first printed version of the Rhombicuboctahedron appeared in Leonardo's 1509 Divina Proportione. It is an Archimedean solid with eight triangular and eighteen square faces.
We are pleased to offer it meticulously modelled and 3D printed in Gold or Silver coloured steel. It's approximately 1" (2.54 cm) in size, with a surprisingly satisfying heft to it. It's pure joy to revolve in one's hand as one sits and quietly contemplates the universe!
❝ Got my uncut sheets today! jeez… I love both sides… the intricate patterns on the back, all the tiny details, I can't imagine all the time it took to make all that.❞ ~ L. Luke
Leonardo MMXVIII | Uncut Sheets
One of our most popular add-ons, these are the actual playing card prints that are then later cut into our beautiful Leonardo cards! Suitable for framing, they give the serious art lover an opportunity to see the masterworks of Leonardo as a whole.
❝ I wish I had purchased some of the add-ons, too, because these cards are worth hanging up as art themselves.❞ ~ C. Pinkerton
❝ Just received package in UK, love the cards they are really lush, so pleased backed this one. It really is an example of how to run a KS.❞ ~ M. Adlard
The production of Leonardo is a labour of love. From the initial research forming the basis of the cards, through the long process of design and development of the artwork, and then finally, the print process and the logistics of distribution and delivery - each of these steps are equally important to achieving our goal: To bring you, our valued patron, the finest cards possible.
Leonardo MMXVIII will be printed by The United States Playing Card Company. With their outstanding papers, superb inks and exceptional finishes, we are confident that the decks will be of the highest possible quality.
❝ Successfully funded on Kickstarter in March 2015, this deck is a must-have addition to any collection.❞ ~ iCollectPlayingCards.com
Individually, we have funded, produced, and delivered three playing card projects to date. There has been much learned along the way. We hope that this, our fourth Kickstarter playing card project, will be our best yet!
Who we are | artplayingcards.com
Dent-de-Lion du Midi | Artist | teethofthelion.com
Frodo Zumbrunn | Project Management
Soleil Zumbrunn du Midi | Design & Communications | alien.ch
Risks and challenges
♠ This is our fourth card project, and we have a solid reputation for managing and delivering exceptional results, on time.
♣ We have proven ability to work through obstacles if they arise.
♥ Everything in the project is proceeding on schedule.
♦ We have the time, experience and resources available to succeed.
Thank you for your support and your interest in Leonardo MMXVIII!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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