LiteraTarot Europa

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LiteraTarot Europa - High Priestess


22 Major Arcana cards Created by 22 Artists. Description: This is collaborative deck by 22 European artists (mostly Italian). It has wonderfully imaginative interpretations and fantastic imagery. Each artist chose a work of literature or popular fiction (by Italian authors, as well as other countries) that inspired their interpretation of the card. The card title, book name and card number are displayed (in Italian or English) on the card. Many of the choices are profound, while others are startling or touching. The artwork consists mainly of paintings, pen & ink, photography, collage or mosaic. The artistic styles are diverse and yet create a sense of cohesiveness within the deck. Some of the books chosen by the artists are recognizable as popular international works of fiction. Others, while less well known by non-Italians, sound intriguing. Each card was made specifically for this unique deck and the original artworks can be found in the lovely Museo dei Tarocchi, in Riola Italy.

More sample cards with additional notes in English (regarding the artist's literary pics and the author's country of origin when available) can be found on Arnell Ando's site here: [1] More info on each artist including their art for this deck and samples of their previous work can be found on the Museo dei Tarocchi site here: [2]

Specs: Cards are numbered, titled; usually including literary choices and traditional card titles. Backs: reversible, Card size: (approximately) 2.7 x 4.7 inches, 6.8 x 12 cm. This is a limited, numbered edition of 300 decks. Comes with a leaflet in Italian (for additional notes in English, see Arnell's webpage above). Packaging: Book-style, tied with ribbons securely attached to back and front covers.

Deck Coordinators

Morena Poltronieri & Ernesto Fazioli

Contributing Artists

Box cover art card designed by: Jessica Angiulli & Lucio Mondini especially for this deck. 0 - Matto/Fool: Maria Grazia Martina, 1 - Bagatto/Magician: Tiziana Bertacci, II - Papessa/High Priestess: Emma Campo, III - Imperatrice/Empress: Morena Poltronieri, IV - Imperatore/Emperor: Angela Maltoni, V - Papa/Hierophant: Pasquale Barile, VI - Amanti/Lovers: Ernesto Fazioli, VII- Carro/Chariot: K. Frank Jensen, VIII - Giustizia/Justice: Gabriele Caroli, VIIII - Eremita/Hermit: Andrea Franzoni, X - Ruota di Fortuna/Wheel of Fortune: Paolo Mattioli, XI - Forza/Strength: Martino Barbieri, XII - Appeso/Hanged One: Giovanni Pelosini, XIII - Morte/Death: Monia Perulli, XIV - Temperanza/Temperance: Adua Castellucci, XV - Diavolo/Devil: Maria Distefano , XVI - Torre/Tower: Giuliana Cusino, XVII - Stelle/Stars: Octavia Monaco, XVIII - Luna/Moon: Rita Frazzoni, XIX - Sole/Sun: Silvia Tagliaferri, XX - Giudizio/Judgement: Giovanni Monti, XXI - Mondo/World: Ornella Lamberti

Date of Publication

Spring, 2009



Tarot cards as inspired by literary classics

Publisher's websites

  • The deck, LiteraTarot Europa is available from Museo dei Tarocchi on this page: [4]
  • Museo dei Tarocchi's website [5]
  • A mini website created by Arnell Ando to showcase the Tarot Museum in Italy[6]
  • Also, most Tarot decks published by Museo dei Tarocchi - Hermatena are listed on Tarotpedia.


  • See a description and 9 sample cards here [7]
  • Read a review by Bonnie Cehovet on Aeclectic Tarot [8]
  • To see various decks published by Museo dei Tarocchi with descriptions, details and card samples, visit Arnell's site here [9]