Thursday, August 13, 2009

Die Kartenlegerin by Michail Alexandrowitsch Wrubel.

This is a medieval image showing a woman lifting her lover up to her in a basket. The wheel she is spinning brings to mind the Wheel of Fortune. The lady herself is in a tower, which naturally reminds me of The Tower card.

Here is a 15th century work by Daniel Hopfer of Lovers. They stand under a ripe fruit tree, while the birds in the sky and the couple in the backgound further reinforce the idea of union.

This is a Persian 17th century work attributed to the Shah Abbasi.

Finally, a lovely 15th century German painting of a couple.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

"Mrs Courtney threw the Tarot cards on the fire. It was a bitter gesture, as if she were burning heretics. The cards seemed to writhe . . . the hanged man and all those frightful figures." —Anne Redmon, Emily Stone, 1974

Monday, August 3, 2009

Dolce & Gabbana have released several fragrances inspired by Major Arcana cards: Le Bateleur, L'Imperatrice, L'Amoreux, La Lune, and La Roue de la Fortune. In this brief interview they discuss the inspiration for their latest creations.