Essays of Andrea Vitali
Andrea Vitali is an Italian Tarot historian who has made many contributions to the study of Tarot History. He’s been instrumental in bringing attention and investigation into the role of Bologna in the development of the Tarot. His book iL Tarocchino di Bologna is worth getting for the pictures alone, even if you can’t read Italian. I find the Bolognese Tarot to be one of the most beautiful, (and least known).
On his Italian website, Mr. Vitali has included some essays on the iconography of several tarot cards. We’re lucky to have English translations available from trionfi.com. Take the time to read them, I guarantee you will learn something; but more importantly, you’re likely to be delighted and enchanted.
English Translation of the Essays:
The Hanged Man
Update: 9 September, 2009
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