"Lo Scarabeo" (Italy)
deck "Tarocchi dei Celti", 1991
artist Benito Jacovitti
Full deck (22 cards), dimension 81x134 mm.
Arcanes (Trionfi, Trumps)
Leaflet (in italian), pages:
gift and information of Domenico Starna (Roma):
This deck has only 22 cards, the Triumphs or the Major Arcanes. It is not a deck to play Tarot, but
an artistic entertainment made by Jacovitti. The Triumph 1 the Magician becomes Il Ciabattino, the Cobbler.
The Triumph 5 the Pope becomes il Druido, the Druid, the priest of the Celts.
The artist Benito Jacovitti (1923 - 1997) was an ironic author of cartoon and comic strips. Some pictures
have his signature Jac. He has hilarity, goodness and a little wickedness. He describes the mysterious world
of the ancient Celts, a people of Central Europe before roman epoch. The images are ironic, bizzare, absurd
in the realm of fantasy. It is a fool humorous circus. The Fool (0) is cut in half with a knife. The Devil (15) cooks
a man. The women are large and round, see the Triumph 6 gli Amanti, the Lovers. The cards are full of various
little images, walking fish and salami sausages, flying eggs and bones, human pieces depicted as foot, hand,
finger, go out the earth. In the Triumph 18 there is a romantic serenade by a woman under the moon, it seems
to hear an italian popular song: - Roma, non fa' la stupida stasera - (Rome, don't be stupid this evening, tonight).
Jacovitti was a liberal, an extremist of center, an anarchic, a clown. He was considered a conservative but he pulls all's leg.
See also WWPCM05559