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Tarot pack: Mitelli's Tarocchini; complete pack of 62 playing-cards for tarocchino
Backs printed with a figure of a horseman who holds a shield charged with the arms of (probably) a gonfaloniere of the Pamfili family, lettered with the word "Trombetta" at the bottom.
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Height: 122 millimetres
Width: 58 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Carefully coloured pack of the well known cards designed and etched by Mitelli for the Bentivoglio family. The subjects are all fancifully and artistically treated.
Mitelli's Tarocchini remodel the traditional motifs of the 22 figurative 'trump' cards. For example, Mercury standing upon a globe becomes the naked figure of Atlas struggling under the weight of the world. The backs printed with the word 'TROMBETA' likely refer to a card-seller based in Mirandola in the Emilia Romagna, recorded by Mitelli's brother, who imported Mitelli's cards from Bologna for sale.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2017 Sept 29-Nov 23 BM G90a Prints in Play
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