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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.
“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.