Category Archives: Paintings


William-Adolphe Bouguereau: L’été.


Female Knight of Swords

The Cary-Yale Visconti deck may be the oldest Tarot deck in existence. It is one of several hand-painted Italian decks that the Visconti family commissioned in the 15th Century. 67 cards remain in existence.

The Cary-Yale Visconti deck is unique in that it seems to have been created with 6 court cards per suit rather than 4 as in traditional Tarot decks. The knights and valets too come in a male and female version.

The deck was created between the 1420s and 1460s in Milan. It is sometimes ascribed to Bonifacio Bembo.

Insects, 1639

Initialed J.W.V., oil on board, probably Dutch.


…des droits de l’Homme et du Citoyen, Décretés par l’Assamblée Nationale, aoûst 1789. Painting by Jean Jacques François Le Barbier.
(Huge version, full English Translation.)

A Lady of Siena

“What a man may do, his art can attain;
With the art of the gods, man competes in vain.”

Portrait of a Lady by Neroccio de’ Landi, c. 1485.

Lorenzo di Credi…

…Venus, between 1493 and 1494, his only extant mythological piece.

Ascanius Shooting the Stag of Sylvia

Claude Lorrain, 1682.