Subtitle Demystifying the Art and Arcana, Deck by Deck
Description Description In this luxurious, slipcased volume, delve into the art styles, artists, and fascinating history behind more than a dozen of the world’s most noteworthy tarot decks
Guided by Holly Adams Easley and Esther Joy Archer, hosts of the popular Wildly Tarot podcast
, The History of Tarot Art
provides a fresh look at the influence of tarot
from its beginnings to today. This gorgeous book features:
A slipcased hardcover format
Large, full-color illustrations and compelling text chronicling the history of tarot through its art
24 removable Sola-Busca tarot cards
An illustrated foldout timeline with important dates in tarot development on one side and a cheat sheet on the meanings of the Rider-Waite-Smith, Thoth, and Tarot de Marseille cards on the reverse
Tips for how to do your own tarot readings
Discover how tarot morphed from a fifteenth century card game to a popular modern activity. Learn more about the stories behind the art of tarot’s most influential decks, like Rider-Waite-Smith
and Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot
, as well as the female artists
whose work was often overshadowed in their time.
Take a close look at the Visconti, Sola-Busca, Tarot de Marseille, Aquarian, Morgan-Greer, Motherpeace, Cosmic, Druidcraft, Wild Unknown, and Deviant Moon decks, alongside dozens of contemporary decks.
In many cases, you’ll see how tarot art reflects its era. The Morgan-Greer
deck, for example, could only have been born in the 1970s. More recent decks, such as Black Power Tarot
and Fifth Spirit Tarot
, aim to represent more diverse experiences in regard to race, gender, and sexuality.
Whether you’re a longtime tarot practitioner or a newcomer
to the practice, you’ll find fascinating new insights in this retrospective.