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I heard the Visconti Sforza deck was commissioned as a wedding present - do we have any idea who the happy couple was specifically?
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Probably Franscesco Sforza and Bianca Maria Visconti. Stuart Kaplan says some scholars believe that's who is depicted on the Lovers card.
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As I recall Rosanne did quite a bit of reading on this, so might want to search her historical threads, which is beyond the capacity of me and my lil phone, hi shade darling how are you?
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Hi there Debra!

And thank you Abrac. My reason for asking is that for the Tarot podcast I produce, my cohost and I will meet (and be insulted by) historical Tarot personages and we thought we would start at the very beginning. A friend who ran the Italian guild at the Bay Area Renaissance faire for many agreed to be the lady in question but we needed to give her a name.
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That's brilliant! Definitely check out Rosanne's posts--it was a purely political marriage, and Bianca was a child bride.
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The Bride's Dowry:
http://www.liv.ac.uk/~spmr02/rings/sforza.html

The Marriage of Names:
Sforza ('Strength') + Visconti ('Powerful Lance')
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...ory_Sforza.JPG

vis- : https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/vis#Latin
-conti: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/contus#Latin
forza: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/forza
mundo: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...ck_-_World.jpg

Employing many of the same heraldic devices as the Visconti-Sforza Tarot, the illuminated text De Sphaera may help shed light upon the play of symbols within early Tarot tradition: http://bibliotecaestense.benicultura...lfa.x.2.14.pdf

Among them, does the Children of Saturn depict the beheading of Cabrino Fondulo? -thereby passing a ring from the Cremonese emblem unto the house of its new ruler? - 'alchemically' wedding the dragon houses Visconti and Sforza with the sanction of the dragon emperor Sigismund?
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...04-emperor.jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Dragon

And what of the sight-hound?
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...The_Lovers.jpg
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