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The Golden Tarot of Klimt

by A.A. Atanassov

The Golden Tarot of Klimt
Price: $29.95

Number of cards in deck: 78

Measurements: 2.6 x 4.72 inches, or 66 x 120 mm.

Back of card: Features a face similar to that on the 5 of Wands, and the Major Arcana 11, Strength (both shown above). Unlike many Lo Scarabeo decks, the back of the card is not based on any card in the deck itself. A striking orange background with swirls, featuring an S-shaped central figure with a triangular motif. Very Klimt, very striking, a nice contrast to the front of the cards. May be inverted.

Booklet included: Yes, 64 pages, 2.6 x 4.74 inches, or 66 x 120 mm. Instructions in English, Italian, Spanish, French & German.

Publisher: Lo Scarabeo. Printed in Italy, imported by Llewellyn Worldwide.

Comments: Gustav Klimt, 1862-1918, was a Viennese artist/illustrator. He was the greatest of the various artists working in Vienna at the turn of the 20th century. In 1897, aged 25, he led a revolt from the Viennese School of Arts & Crafts, which became known as the Vienna Secession. This was similar to developments in New York, Paris, London, Berlin & Moscow during those years. Universal hallmarks of the resulting style were greater freedom in depicting the human body, especially nudes with overtly sexual content. Many of Klimt's images were considered pornographic at the time. Uniquely, Klimt combined the human form with strongly geometric features. During these years Adolf Hitler came to Vienna as young man, with artistic pretensions of his own. Klimt's art was the sort of thing which Hitler & his followers found degrading, in case you should want to know.

As is typical of Lo Scarabeo's decks, this is in the usual major/minor arcana format, with the usual four suits, the usual court cards (Knave, Knight, King & Queen).

I find this deck quite striking. Atanassov has made good use of gold foil. The deck is even more radiant than the scan above shows. The head of Lo Scarabeo, Ricardo Minetti, is to be complimented for producing some of the most outstanding tarot decks ever seen. This is another excellent deck, produced under his guidance.

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