The Medieval Europe Tarot - An Inspired Journey to the Past
The collection of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts represents a significant resource for the study of the literature, art, history, music, philosophy, and theology of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Western Europe. This is a set of artifacts that includes poems, musical scores, books, as well as religious texts. On many occasions, these artifacts carry illustrations of commendable beauty, which provide an insight into various important aspects of everyday culture in the Medieval and Renaissance eras.
It is almost impossible for the passionate tarot lover to miss the intriguing correlation of the particular manuscripts (especially their illustrations) to the vastly rich spectrum of significations ingrained in the tarot universe. It is this wonderful fact that prompted us to introduce the Medieval Europe Tarot, an 86-card tarot deck whose captivating illustrations derive from a collection of original drawings by Vladimir Strannikov. The content of the images is primarily inspired by manuscripts of the XIV–XV centuries.
DECK STRUCTURE & CARDS
The Medieval Europe Tarot adheres to the traditional tarot card structure but it carries a minor modification – it features the expected Major Arcana and Minor Arcana cards, plus 8 additional cards:
MAJOR ARCANA: Cards 0 - 21, including 2 versions of Arcana VII (“Chariot”)
CARDS 22–28: 5 extra cards representing 5 of the 7 astrological planets, and the cards “Zodiac” and “Protection”
56 MINOR ARCANA (4 suits: Wands, Cups, Swords, Coins)
WHAT DOES THE MEDIEVAL EUROPE TAROT CONTAIN
- The Medieval Tarot deck: 86 cards, each featuring illustrations from 86 original paintings
- A Companion Booklet in English (physical entity)
- A specially designed carton tuck box (for cards and book)
The Medieval Europe Tarot cards are designed to be 13cm x 8cm (5.1 x 3.15 inches) on a fine quality (450gsm) card stock. They come with a matte finish.
On the influence of the Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts to the creation of the Medieval Europe Tarot. Thoughts of Vladimir Strannikov, the artist who created the deck:
"This deck is an experiment (second in a row) to reflect the Waite Tarot system using manuscripts from the 14th – 15th centuries. I really wanted to combine the modern perception of the Tarot of the XIX-XX centuries and the creative worldview of a person living in the XIV-XV centuries, the era of the Italian and Western European Renaissance...The idea to draw a modern Tarot based on Waite’s deck, using the art stamps of illustrators of that time (and, in fact, authors and contemporaries of the first playing decks of the Visconti family, for example, Bonifacio Bembo), seemed to me not only reasonable and historically reliable, but also creatively interesting."
STRETCH GOALS NOW OPEN!
The publication of the Medieval Europe Tarot is secured. We are now introducing stretch goals to enhance the beauty and quality of the deck.
Risks and challenges
The preparation of a deck is a multifaceted process as it combines painting, graphic design, digital processing, authoring/editing, and printing. This plurality involves some risks; it is possible that unforeseen factors may entail minor delays. Nevertheless, we have extensive experience in tarot/oracle publishing and the schemes in place to nullify or minimize these unforeseen obstacles.
International shipping is also an area that possesses a risk since it is not handled directly by us. We depend on international and local shipping services. We do our best to ship on time, and we try continuously to overcome any arising issues.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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