Cassari brings a beautiful and original conception to the tarot images. In places her designs depict violence and we are shown many scenes of people cynically exploiting one another, but this hardness of tone melts in the wonderfully flowing line and color of the artwork. Cassari's emblematic designs for the pip cards are primarily original rather than being reworkings of the familiar Rider-Waite images. A very violent, dark, and disturbing interpretation of tarot. The quality of the art is excellent, but the subject matter is often very difficult to look at.
The art is superb. These images go way beyond illustration and are what El Greco and Giotto and Botticelli would be producing were they working today. The cards are large, the right size for an instant message which you then follow up with detailed scrutiny. The classic symbols from antiquity arenít there. Instead, you have an integrated vision, a world that mirrors our own. A storytellerís gold mine.
Creators: Elisabetta Cassari
Publisher: Solleone 1983
Major Arcana: 22
Minor Arcana: 56
Card Dimensions: 3.25 x 5.87 in.