Russian Tarot of Saint Petersburg
Russian Tarot of St Petersburg
The Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg is the work of Yury Shakov, a Russian artist known for his lacquer miniatures. Shakov was born on July 15, 1937 in Baku, Azerbaijan and died March 10, 1989. This deck was his last commissioned work. The paintings in the Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg were done to exact size in tempera. At times, Shakov had to use a magnifying glass and arm brace to steady his hand. Some fine details required a paintbrush of a single hair. The Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg combines traditional tarot themes with images from Russian history and culture.
The Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg is also available as a boxed set with the book Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg by tarot writer, Cynthia Giles (348 pages). Giles explores the background, interpretation and use of Shakov's beautiful tarot deck, and connects the richness and spirituality of Russian history, art and culture with the symbolism of the tarot, fostering a deeper appreciation and understanding of the intricate images found in the Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg deck.