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Pamela Coleman-Smith's artful rendition of The Fool in the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, on olive cover, THE ART OF TAROT in white font down left side.

The Art of Tarot

By (author) Christina Olsen


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  • An indispensable, palm-sized visual history of tarot cards
  • From hand-painted Renaissance decks to the creations of modern artists like Salvador Dalí
Full Description

Originally used by northern Italian aristocrats in complex games resembling bridge, tarot cards became more popular with the spread of printing in the sixteenth century and were eventually used by Freemasons, fortune-tellers, and mystics to reveal hidden truths about the past, present, and future. More recently, artists have used the imagery and potency of tarot as a springboard for creativity. As a path to revelation or simply as a pastime, tarot is fascinating. A carefully curated selection of decks from the past six centuries—showing the chief turning points in their development—make this little book an indispensable guide to the history of tarot.

About the Author

Christina Olsen is an art historian who wrote her Ph.D. thesis on the history of tarot cards.

Abbeville Press
9th Oct 2018
World excluding USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Australia
111 mm x 101 mm
320 Pages
Name of series
Tiny Folio
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