Golden Art Nouveau Tarot deck
artwork by Guila Francesca Massaglia
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo
card size: 12cm x 6.6cm
I love this deck! It really is one of the most beautiful I have come across. The images are interpretations of the familiar illustrations by Pamela Colman Smith for the Rider Waite Tarot, this time rendered by artist and illustrator Giulia Francesca Massaglia. The colouration is excellent, and each card is rich with gold foil. When I was researching Tarot decks, I came across some reviews that complained about the gold foiling coming off. I have not found this to be a problem with these cards, though I imagine that any foiling is subject to damage over time. There is also a beautiful (reversible) image used on the card backs.
The deck comes in a standard flip-top playing card box; not very sturdy, but good enough to keep the cards from harm. A small booklet in is included, with brief guidance on how to use the cards and a few lines intepretation for each card. It's a reasonable reference, though I would recommend any beginner getting hold of a more comprehensive book to accompany the deck.
Something that may be an issue for some is that, though each card is numbered, their names are absent. However each suit's cards have a different style of outline and numbering, as do those of the major Arcana, which does assist a beginner in getting familiar with them all. ...and they are an absolute joy to use.