Visconti-Sforza Pierpont Morgan Tarocchi Deck

[Wheel of Fortune] [Hermit] The Pierpont Morgan-Bergamo is the most nearly complete of the existing Visconti-Sforza tarocchi decks of the 15th century. Seventy-four cards from this deck have survived. They are currently located in the Pierpont Morgan Library, NY (35 cards), the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, Italy (26 cards) and the Colleoni family, Bergamo (13 cards). In the 17th century the cards belonged to Canon Ambivero. They were passed to the Donali family, and then to Count Alessandro Colleoni of Bergamo. At one point Count Colleoni was persuaded by his friend Count Francesco Baglioni to trade 26 cards for some art objects. He later regretted the trade, but was never able to secure the return of his cards. They were bequeathed to the Accademia Carrera in 1900 upon the death of Count Baglioni. Four cards are missing from the original deck: the Devil, Tower, Three of Swords and Knight of Coins. These four cards have been recreated to make a complete deck of 78 for this facsimile reproduction from U. S. Games. The cards are larger than usual, and there are no numbers or titles on them.

Number of
Copyright Publisher Card Back Design

22 major
56 minor

3 5/8"
1975, 1984 U. S. Games [back design]
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Language of Card Titles: untitled

Style of Suit Cards (2-10): suit symbols

Also Included: instruction booklet, 4 blank cards, 2 promotional cards

Major Arcana:
Fool, Magician, Popess, Empress, Emperor, Pope,
Lovers, Chariot, Strength, Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Justice,
Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, Devil, Falling Tower, Star, Moon,
Sun, Judgment, World

Suit Names: Staves (Wands), Cups, Swords, Coins (Pentacles)

Court Cards: King, Queen, Knight, Page


[Queen of Swords] [Ace of Wands] [Seven of Coins]

Reference - The Encyclopedia of Tarot: Volume 1 by Stuart Kaplan, pgs. 35, 36, 60-86 and 285


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