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- Object: Gioco di carte con nuovo forma di Tarocchini
A single plate with 10 playing-cards illustrated with various personifications and mythological characters, including Fame, Apollo, Death and the Devil.
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Height: 268 millimetres
Width: 353 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Series of six plates of 'Tarocchini', one plate missing; Bertarelli transcribes the missing title-plate, which was dedicated by Mitelli to Prospero Bentivoglio. Designed to be cut up to form a complete pack of 62 tarot cards for the game of tarocchino. Bartsch (XIX. 305.158-161) described only four plates.
For his first game, Mitelli imaginatively re-fashioned the Bolognese Tarocchini deck. This local variation of Tarot reduces the number of cards from 78 to 62 by removing the II-V cards from each suit (coins, cups, swords and batons). They were also sold as an uncut deck of six sheets of etched cards, as shown here. An additional frontispiece featured Mitelli's dedication of the game to the noble Bentivoglio family, whose coat of arms is referenced in the saw crossing the shield in the VI of swords and the acorn suspended from the blade in the VII of swords. The suit of coins includes a self-portrait of Mitelli: his portrait bust on the Ace of coins is followed by cards illustrating his interests including bird-hunting, music, dance and shooting.
- On display (G24/dc7)
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- Acquisition notes
- The 222 prints by Mitelli were acquired at the William Monck Mason sale at Sotheby's, 13-19 March 1852, directly by the BM. They came from 18 different lots, but there is no record of what was in each lot.
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