MASTERS OF TAROTS

 

In this page you find – by alphabetical order – biographies of those artists who in the course of time realized the most important Tarots.
The marked names (linked to a brief biography) contributed enriching “Wonderful Tarot” Gallery (see the underlined titles).

To master the subject, see the list of most important historical tarot studies.

ANONIMOUS FERRARESE ENGRAVER
Author of the so-called “Mantegna Tarot” (since 1460-65).
 
ANONIMOUS FERRARESE or VENETIAN ENGRAVER
Author of “Sola-Busca Tarot” (about 1490).
 
BEMBO Bonifacio (news from 1420 to 1470)
Italian painter and illuminator, author of Francesco Sforza Tarots (about 1450-60). A modern version of his deck, titled “Visconti Tarots”, has been engraved by the italian illustrator
Cosimo Musio.
 
COLMAN-SMITH Pamela (1878 – 1951)
English illustrator, author of “Rider-Waite Tarot” (1909-10).
 
CONVER Nicolas (news from 1760 to 1803)
Franch card-maker, author of one of the most famous “Marseilles Tarot”.
 
DALI’ Salvador (1904 – 1989)
Spanish surrealist painter, authore of “Tarot Universal” (1985 ca) realized in collaboration with the american artist Rachel Pollack.
 
DE SAINT-PHALLE Niki (1930 – 2002)
French sculptor, author of “The Tarot Garden” in Garavicchio, Tuscany, realizated from 1979 to 1987 with the swiss sculptor Jean Tinguely (Fribourg 1925 – 1991).
 
DE POILLY François (about 1665 – 1741)
IFrench engraver, author of “Mithological Minchiate” (about 1720).
 
GAUDENZI Giacinto (1945 – living)
Italian illustrator, author of four decks: “Enchanted Tarot”, or “Tarocchi dell’Alba Dorata” (1990), “Dürer Tarot” (1990), “Celtic Tarot” (1991), “Tarot of the Decameron” (1993).
 
GENTILINI Franco (1909 – 1981)
Italian painter, author of “Tarocchi of Gentilini” (1975.
 
GEOFROY Catelin (news in the middle of 16th century)
Card-maker, author of the most ancient Tarot french deck known at present time.
 
GLANZ Joseph (news from 1848 to 1912)
Austrian card-maker, author of a lot of “Phantastichen Tarocke”.
 
GÖBL Andreas Benedictus (1730 – 1792)
Bavarian engraver, author of various “Phantastichen Tarocke”.
 
GRIMAUD Baptiste Paul (1748 – 1950)
Famous manufacture of Tarots, playing-cards, and oracle decks.
 
GUMPPENBERG Ferdinando (1788 – about 1846)
Bavarian engraver, working in Milano from 1809; author of various historical Tarots.
 
GUTTUSO Renato (1912 – 1987)
Sicilian painter, author of the “Tarot of Guttuso” (1985).
 
HARRIS Frieda (1877 – 1962)
English painter, author of the crowleyan “Thoth Tarot” (1938-44).
 
LUPATELLI Antonio (1930 – living)
Illustratore italiano, autore di numerosi mazzi: “Tarocchi degli Gnomi” (1987), “Tarocchi della Buona Tavola” (1990), “Tarocchi dei Celti” (1991), “Tarocchi dei Folletti” (1992).
 
MITELLI Giuseppe Maria (1634 – 1718)
Italian satirical engraver, author of the “Tarocchino of Mitelli” (1669).
 
MOSER Ditha (1883 – 1969)
Austrian stylist, author of “Jugendstil Tarock” (1906).
 
MUSIO Cosimo (1933 – living)
Italian illustrator, author of “Tarot of Papus” (1990) and “Visconti Tarot” (1990), both printed in limited edition, and the deck “Zodiacal Game” (1992).
 
ORELL Argio (1884-1942)
Italian designer, author of “Esotic Tarot” (1914), then reprinted as “Tarot by Alan”.
 
PIATNIK Ferdinand (news from 1843 to 1882)
Austrian card-maker, author of a lot of “Phantastichen Tarocke”.
 
PIFFARERIO Paolo (1924 – living)
Italian illustrator, author of “Tarocchi of the King Sun” (1985) and
“Tarocchi del Buon Appetito” (1987).
 
RAIMONDO Luca (1972 – living)
Italian comics illustrator, author of two deks: “ Casanova Tarot” (1999) and “Olympus Tarot” (2002).
 
STERPINI Ugo (1927 – 2000)
Italian surrealist painter, author of “The Tao Tarot” (1984).
 
TENUTA Saverio (1969 – living)
Italian comics illustrator, author of the 56 Minor Arcana of “Celtic Tarot” (1991).
 
TINGUELY Jean (1925-1991)
Swiss sculptor, author of “The Tarot Garden” (1979-1987) with Niki de Saint-Phalle.
 
TREVISAN Giorgio (1934 – living)
Italian painter and illustrator, author of
“Risorgimental Tarot” (1987), “Lansquenets Tarot” (1988) and “Romantic Tarot” (1990).
 
VACCHETTA Giovanni (1863 – 1940)
Italian designer, authore of the “Naibi of Vacchetta”, reprinted as“Tarot of the Master” (2002).
 
VIEVILLE Jacques (news from 1643 to 1664)
French card-maker, author of the “Vieville Tarot” (about 1650) that is one of the so-called proto-Marseilles Tarot.