This page is dedicated specifically to 22 Major Arcana from Sola Busca Tarot edited by Il Meneghello.
For the history of the 78 cards go to page Sola Busca Tarot.
22 Major Arcana Special Edition Set
In 2013 Il Meneghello was granted exclusive rights to reprint the 22 Major Arcana of this deck directly from the original cards by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture and Pinacoteca di Brera (where it is housed) and that makes this version unique in the world.
By meticulously recreating this deck, Osvaldo Menegazzi hopes to give the Tarot historian, researcher and collector an authentic experience both tactually and visually. The size, cardstock, coloring and even the back of the cards is remarkably similar to the deck created in 1491 during the Italian Renaissance.
Morena Poltronieri, director of Museo dei Tarocchi (Tarot Museum) who has seen both versions; the original cards and Osvaldo's reproduction shares this: It's incredible...I looked at the originals and there is no difference at all between these two decks! That is the genius of Osvaldo! You could probably have it tested for smell too. A work of art, a masterpiece!
It is important to note that Sola Busca does not follow the same card meanings as traditional Major Arcana Tarot. Most of the Trumps are inspired by Roman mythology with a couple cards based on biblical sources. Each card has alchemical symbology (as was demonstrated by Giordano Berti and Sofia of Vincenzo on Alchemy in Sola-Busca Tarot, Torino 1995 and Stamford 1998), but also numismatics and classical historical references.
This deck is considered the oldest complete 78 card deck of the Renaissance era, however this publication focuses solely on the Major Arcana. Sola Busca is also the oldest deck in which imaginative scenes grace each card (not only the Major Arcana but also the pip cards) and it is believed Pamela Coleman Smith studied it while creating the Waite-Smith Tarot cards for Arthur Edward Waite (many centuries later, around 1909.)
- Specs for Sola Busca Tarot
- Osvaldo Menegazzi was granted exclusive rights to reprint the 22 Major Arcana directly from the original cards now in Pinacoteca di Brera (Milan, Italy)
- Text in Italian, Or a New English Version Book Free with this S.E. Deck Upon Request
- Comes in a handcrafted box by Osvaldo Menegazzi
- A Limited Edition Major Arcana Deck Set of 400 Numbered Sets
- Size: Same as the original cards (144 x 78 mm.) 5.7 x 3 inches, 14.5 x 7.5 cm.
- Cardstock: Same kind as the original
- Reverse: Same unique reddish hue as the original deck (reversible)
- This page on Mr. Menegazzi's site has more sample cards & details of this deck.
The lovely hand-crafted box that accompanies this deck has a card affixed on top with thick card stock, giving it a nice, dimensional appeal. It includes the finishing touch of Osvaldo's signature hot wax seal (see image).
Date of Publication
- Originally published in 1491
- This historic reproduction published in Milan, February 2013
(A site by Arnell Ando to honor the Tarot & art contributions by Osvaldo Menegazzi of Il Meneghello. It has much of Osvaldo's published decks and handmade art to date.)