*Note* (This could be applied to your Mars or Venus Sign as well)
I’m a Capricorn. Last time I was in bed with a lady she asked “what do you like?” And I replied, “snuggling”. Represent.
this is cool
Slap them all in togas instead of suits and it would perfect
It also follows a pyramidal composition!
However, I would argue that this picture is more Baroque than Renaissance. Notable features of Baroque art are:
- Images are direct, obvious, and dramatic.
- Tries to draw the viewer in to participate in the scene.
- Depictions feel physically and psychologically real. Emotionally intense.
- Extravagant settings and ornamentation.
- Dramatic use of color.
- Dramatic contrasts between light and dark, light and shadow.
- As opposed to Renaissance art with its clearly defined planes, with each figure placed in isolation from each other, Baroque art has continuous overlapping of figures and elements.
- Common themes: grandiose visions, ecstasies and conversions, martyrdom and death, intense light, intense psychological moments.
In the baroque, artists strove to evoke aesthetic responses. Now I’m not talking about aesthetic as in “oh thats pretty” I’m talking about aesthetic like that punch in the gut reaction you get to something.
One of the ways this was done was through the depiction of intense emotion which we see in this photograph. compare to Bernini
The picture also displays a wonderful use of chiaroscuro (an effect of contrasted light and shadow created by light falling unevenly or from a particular direction on something) a style used extensively by Caravaggio and other Baroque artists.
Oh my god
adventurevernon asked: Hey, love the blog! I'm currently designing a tarot deck, and while it's mostly a personal creative exercise, I'd like to make the deck workable for readings. So, as someone who does tarot readings, how do you evaluate deck design? Are there certain artistic choices that you've seen before that have astounded or repulsed you? And when you do readings, how important is the art to your interpretations of the cards? Thanks a bunch!
Hi there, and thanks! And so sorry for taking ages to reply.
So I’m not sure if your questions are only about the artwork or all of the aspects of a deck that are important to me, so I’ve gone for the latter. The things that are important to me:
A) The artwork
The only thing I really don’t like is mixed media decks; otherwise I have a fairly eclectic taste! Personally, the deck should have a strong coherent look that is clear and not too busy. I love to see unorthodox interpretations of the cards, so on that front the more original the better.
An example of an artistic choice that astounds me: the multi-layered and bold cards of the Tarot of the Silicon Dawn. Egypt Urnash just did her own thing and did it well.
An example of an artistic choice that repulses me: most novelty decks, and The Housewives Tarot. Sorry guys, I know loads of you love it, but (and this is entirely subjective) I hate the artwork. I find it distracting and the energy is all wrong for me. I know it’s the style rather than anything else that puts me off, because I think some of the representations are genius.
B) The size
I prefer smaller decks as bigger ones are hard to shuffle
C) The quality of the cards
I was soooo disappointed with the Shadowscapes deck because it was literally just card. My favourite cards are the Wild Unknown; sturdy, matte card that can take a bit of bending.
I don’t know if that helps at all, but I hope it does. And good luck with your deck!
Thanks a bunch! Tarot design seems like a process that takes a lot of time and patience, so it’s good to have input along the way.