This Week’s Curator’s Talk: The Tarot: History and Symbolism

Join us in the Special Collections Library from 11:15am-12:00pm every Wednesday morning during this semester for fascinating talks led by library librarians, archivists, and curators. To see the full series, click here.

This week’s talk: Tarot: History and Symbolism

Description: The history of tarot is shrouded in mystery. It originates from the tradition of playing cards. Originally, the cards were handmade and colored until the advent of the printing press. This talk will be given by Director of Special Collections Juanita Murray, and will introduce the historical background of tarot and the symbolism in the cards, including: religion, astrology, alchemy, numerology, and the Kabbalah. 

Le Bohemien (Paris: Chez Pigoreau, 1798); George Clulow-United States Playing Card Company Game Collection, Vanderbilt University Special Collections


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