The Golden Tarot of the Renaissance

The Golden Tarot of the Renaissance – Estensi Tarot: a card-by-card feature by Tarot Zamm.

The antique deck of Charles VI, commonly known as the Estensi (Este Duchy) Tarot, is proposed here in its entirety, thanks to careful, in-depth historical and artistic research. A very valuable work featuring embossed water-colored cards enriched with golden laminate.

Once known as the Charles VI or Gringonneur Tarot, this historic masterpiece has been restored, completed, and renamed to reflect its true history. This late 15th century deck was made in Ferrara for the Estes family. The Minor Arcana, added by Dworkin, were inspired by frescos in Schifanoia Palazzo, owned by the Estes family. These images are alive with movement and wit and are highlighted with gold foil.

This is based on the incomplete Estensi Tarot (also known, erroneously, as the Charles VI Tarot) of 1470, of which only 16 major arcana, and one single minor arcana card (the Knave of Swords) survive. For the missing cards, the modern artists took inspiration from the major arcana of other 15th century decks. For the minor arcana, they used a cycle of frescos (painted, 1469-71) at the Palazzo Schifanolia, in Ferrara. It is suspected the first tarot decks may have been created in Ferrara several decades before they were first known to be in Milan.

Note: The deck has lavish use of gilt, which never scans well. On the cards below, the areas in black with white dots are gilt. Notice also the very tiny uppper left & right corners, which distinguish the various suits.

Product Details (
Cards: 78 pages
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (August 8, 2004)
Language: English, Spanish
ISBN-10: 073870461X
ISBN-13: 978-0738704616
Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 2.9 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces

The Golden Tarot of the Renaissance – Estensi Tarot: a card-by-card feature by Tarot Zamm.