Tarocchi Allegorici

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Tarocchi Allegorici - Lovers Card


22 Major Arcana Deck Tarocchi Allegorici (Allegorical Tarot) is a historically significant deck dedicated to the frescos of Bolognese artist, Bartolomeo Cesi. The iconography of Cesi influenced later Tarot imagery. For this reason, and because the Museo dei Tarocchi calls the county of Bologna its home, the publishing branch of the Tarot Museum has created this small production of striking B&W etchings. The cards are printed on softly textured, cream-colored matte cardstock which adds to the elegance of this special collection of artworks.

Brief Biography of Bartolomeo Cesi (1556 - 1629) Cesi was born into a wealthy family and received his artistic training from Giovanni Francesco Bezzo (Nosadella). Cesi was a painter during the Baroque era of the Bolognese School. In Bologna he contributed artwork to the Duomo (Bologna Cathedral), Santo Stefano and the Basilica of San Domenico. Cesi adopted the strict beliefs of the Counter Reformation movement while working on the alter, vault and crypt of the Bologna Cathedral. Cesi founded a second Bologna painter’s guild in 1599 with his colleague, Ludovico Carracci. He became the Accademia degli Ardenti’s drawing master in 1620. Cesi’s painting were profoundly influenced by his religion and emphasized clarity and focus.


  • Number of Cards: 22 Major Arcana + Title Card
  • Cards have (tiny) Roman numerals and are titled in Italian
  • Cards on quality, textured cardstock, backs are blank
  • Card Size: 4 x 6 inches, 10 x 15 cm
  • Text: No LWB - Has a title card (in Italian)
  • A limited edition of 100 decks, numbered & signed by the editior Morena Poltronieri
  • Card Size: 6" H x 4" W, 15 x 10 cm
  • Book-style cover, with title card and tied with twine


Deck created by Morena Poltronieri and dedicated to the ancient frescos of Bartolomeo Cesi

Deck Theme

B&W Etchings of the Revered Bolognese Artist Bartolomeo Cesi


Summer 2010


Publisher's websites

  • Tarocchi Allegorici (Allegorical Tarot) will be available at Museo dei Tarocchi on this page:[2]
  • Museo dei Tarocchi Website [3]
  • A mini website created by Arnell Ando to showcase the Tarot Museum in Italy:[4]
  • Also, most Tarot decks published by Museo dei Tarocchi - Hermatena are listed on Tarotpedia.


  • See a description of this deck with more cards here: [5]
  • To see the various decks published by Museo dei Tarocchi with details and card samples, go here: [6]

Online Deck Images - links

  • Specs and 9 cards of Tarocchi Allegorici [7]