22 Arcani Futuristi
A Very Limited Edition, Hand-Crafted Deck & Box Set
Signed, Numbered by Osvaldo Menegazzi, Spring 2009

22 Arcani Futuristi

Examples of large 'Futuristi' drawer style set

Osvaldo Menegazzi created this deck to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Futurist Movement that was going on in Italy (2009). With a quick Google search many interesting sites can be found with information pertaining to this short lived but influential art movement, which developed in Italy around the same time as Cubism began in France, but here is one worthwhile link. This is a deck of fantastic, brightly colored symbols and designs based on the 22 Major Arcana. The matching hand-crafted box is equally fabulous. They may all be different but the one received from Osvaldo in April '09 has titles from the various cards in this deck fastened to the box in such a way as if shouting upwards. Orange painted cardstock triangular shapes are attached with brass nails giving off a very intense, visceral sort of 'gut' feeling. It is stamped with Osvaldo's signature hot wax seal and the title is both on the top and drawer, with sample cards also displayed on the side of the box.

Each deck set has a signed & numbered signature card in lovely handwritten calligraphy on specialty paper. The deck is wonderfully illustrated and the artwork is mounted on thick cardstock with a dark brown paper wrapping around to the front of the cards and folded down at each corner, giving it a vintage look. This very limited edition, hand-crafted collectable comes in three sizes and became available in 2009.

A small version shown below. This particular set has a wooden 'door knob'. Each box is unique

Small version shown next to large 22 Arcani in 22 Numeri so sizes can be compared.

Three versions available:
Two versions come in handcrafted boxes while a third; more reasonably priced set, comes with a large deck in a decorated cardboard box and is also a numbered, limited edition set (of 250).

1) Large Size Box: Approximately 8 in. tall x 5 inches wide, 20 cm x 12 cm.
Cards: 6'' long x 4'' wide - 15.25 cm x 10 cm.
Only 36 signed and numbered sets will be made
Price: €250. Euro

2) Smaller Size Box: Approximately 8" L x 3 inches W, 20.32 cm x 7.62 cm.
Cards: 3 1/2" long x 2 1/4'' wide - 8.9 cm x 5.75 cm
Only 36 signed and numbered sets will be made
Price: €160. Euro

3) Large Deck in Decorated Cardboard Box: 7" L x 4.5 inches W, 17.78 cm x 11.43 cm. Cards: 5 1/2" long x 4'' wide - 14 cm x 10.16 cm
250 numbered sets (shown below)
The box has the il Meneghello hot wax seal
Price: €60. Euro
There are 2 versions available of the Empress and Temperance cards so this set may contain either, depending on your destiny. The different Empress and Temperance cards are shown below. So in total, there are the 22 Major Arcana plus signature card.
Cards are semi-gloss and printed on thin cardstock. They should withstand gentle shuffling.
Backs appear to be (Osvaldo's?) thumbprint and are nearly reversible (see image below).

Artwork from handcrafted set is glued onto thick cardstock with a brown paper wrapping around to the front and folded down on each corner, giving it a vintage look.

Shown above: examples of more streamline, affordable version, limited to 250 sets

View other fabulous Tarot deck & box sets designed by Osvaldo:

22 'Massonici' (interpretation of Masonic symbology) ~ As of late 2011

Lettere Ebraiche in 22 Arcani Tarocchi ~ From spring 2010

Futurismo Numero 2 ~ available January 2010

22 Arcani in 22 Numeri , 2008

Tarocchi Metaforici , designed in 2008

Insetti in 22 Arcani Tarocchi , created in 2007

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