Visconti-Sforza Tarot deck?

There are two commercial versions of the Visconti-Sforza Tarot; one by Stuart R. Kaplan, the other by Lo Scarabeo.

What are the differences? Which one do you prefer and why?

I believe the original deck is incomplete, and they each had to hire an artist to make the missing cards.

2 Answers

  • 7 years ago
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    The Visconti-Sforza put out by US Games (Stuart Kaplan's deck) is also known as the Visconti-Sforza Pierpoint Morgan Tarot, it's 74 cards reproduced from the original, with the extra 4 cards reproduced to fill out the complete 78 card set. Here's a review on it. The cards are 'dark', relying on what the original images look like today, they weren't cleaned up to be brighter.

    You can see images here --

    The Lo Scarabeo deck is a restoration with clearer colors and gold leaf added. It came out in 2002. You can see it here --

    With a review here

    Read the reviews, it talks about the original deck and what was done to bring the reproductions to market. Kaplan doesn't credit who did the artwork for the deck that they printed, but the Lo Scarabeo version does give an artist's name. If I had to choose between the two (if I were to get into the Marseille type decks) I believe I'd go with the brighter colors.

    There's been other versions of the Visconti that have been done, one or more of the links above will have a selection of links to check out on that.

  • Tamara
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    Thank you so much!

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