03 July 2012

Dante Tarot (Tarot of Dante's Divine Comedy) by Vera Sklyarova & Alexander Razboynikovym

I recently obtained a new Russian deck by prolific deck creator Vera Sklyarova, this time in collaboration with the artist A.Razboinikov.Published end of 2011 this is a fairly recent addition to the Russian subdivision of my collection, and as with miss Sklyarova's previous creations published in a very good quality set, with book in Russian (sadly, because I'd love to know moere about how she made her connections between the deck and Dante's work..) .

As with all her decks this one is themed and this time she used the Divina Comedia (an epic Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321, the work written in the first person, tells of Dante's journey through the three of realms of the afterlife namely Hell, Purgatory (guided by the Roman poet Virgil), and finally Heaven (guided by Dante's personification of the perfect woman Beatrice).

The structure and imagery follows closely the book, so you need to know it or at least have the book close to you to grasp the deck and what the artist is saying in these 78 cards, the major arcana follows closely the WCS structure, the minors, as with all of miss Sklyarova, follow a more liberal, personal interpretation, guided by her own experience and the used theme.