The over-sized cards of the 22 Artisti Liguri in 22 Arcani is a collaboration Trump deck by 22 artists, created to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the voyage of Christopher Columbus. Published in 1992 by Meneghello of Milan, Italy, in a limited, numbered edition.
The artistic styles are diverse, with all cards having a scene relating to Columbus discovering America, while still incorporating many of the archetypal symbols of the tarot. Some are rendered in colored pencil or pastels, others in paint or airbrush, with one card (Le Stelle) appearing to be a photograph of a 3-dimensional sculpture/clay collage. All cards have artist names and traditional Italian card titles at the card bottom. Judgment has been re-titled L`Angelo (The Angel), and is one of the more abstract cards. Some characters represent historical personages that aided Columbus in his voyage.
Some interesting iconography occurs on Le Stelle (The Star), unusual in that it portrays a woman holding onto a large feline, which looks more like the traditional depiction of La Forza (Strength), which shows a gauntleted, closed fist with the world inside a droplet of water, about to land on a ship at sea. 1 hand-numbered title card and 1 commemorative card (both in Italian) are included. Card finish is gloss on faces with matte backs that are pale grey in color.
The artists of this deck, in order of 0-21 are; Attilio Cassinelli, Rosita Isopo, Pier Canosa, Gabriella Grosso, Antonio Contrada, Giuseppe Chesi, Umberto Zonari, Carlo Cuneo, Luciano Lovisolo, Giovanni Scarsato, Adriana Desana, Beppe Diena, Luigi Degli Abbati, Manuel Desoi, Luciano Caviglia, Liliana Bastia, Daniela Kadepylos, Tina Callandro, Aldo Bosco, Osvaldo Menegazzi, Giuseppe Risso & Serena Boccardo.
A 22 page booklet in Italian provides both a quick reference list of characters and/or situations shown on cards, then individual cards are given 1/2 to a full page of description, divinatory meanings and artist notes.
Card Dimensions: 3 3/4" x 7 1/2" x .018" 95 mm x 189 mm x .46 mm
Condition description: Bran new unopened package. All cards in mint condition. Booklet in mint condition. Book-wrap style packaging in mint condition.
References: Encyclopedia of Tarot: Vol. IV, pp. 563, 566