Sola Busca’s Tarot


Until February 17, 2013 will be held at the Brera art gallery the exposure: the secret of secrets. Sola Busca Tarot and hermetic culture-alchemical between Marche and Veneto at the end of the 15th century, where it will be exposed the most ancient Italian Tarot deck complete, acquired in 2009 by the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali and destined to the Pinacoteca di Brera. The name derives from that of previous owners: the count Sola and the Marquise Busca.

The exhibition intends to present this important acquisition to the general public, first by investigating in detail the cultural context and the potential sources, the complex iconography, as well as to provide dating and to identify the artist and the humanist who suggested the iconography, all aspects which have never been previously discussed by critics.

The Sola Busca deck consists of 78 cards, 22 triumphs, 56 cards with traditional seeds, coins, swords, cups and sticks: these are prints on paper, originally mounted on cardstock, which were illuminated in colour and gold. The style has been attributed to the painter of Ancona Nicola di maestro Antonio, important for the fine production on wood.

Probably it was illuminated in 1491 at Venice for Marin Sanudo, the young, the famous historian author of Diarii.

For further information:

Timetables: 8.30 -19.15 Tue-Sun (the ticket office closes 45 minutes prior), closed on Mondays.

Reservations: tel. 02.92800361

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