Discs, Bones & Priestesses: A History on the Art of the Tarot

Cristina Carrera
Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)

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Title
Discs, Bones & Priestesses: A History on the Art of the Tarot
Contributor Names
Carrera, Cristina (Author)
Menges, Jeff A. (Thesis advisor)
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. Illustration (Degree granting institution.)
Date
2017
Degree Information
M.F.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2017
Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair: Jeff Menges
Committee Members: Brendan Leach, Dennis Dittrich, Anelle Miller
Illustration (School of Graduate Studies)
Abstract
Throughout history, a silent form of divination and disparate world of illustration —known as the Tarot—has had profound influence on areas as varied and significant as scientific study and religious warfare.
Providing essential narratives of destiny and fate, the Tarot originated centuries ago with popular card games, and has continually evolved through the development of global spiritualities. Throughout its existence, the Tarot has manifested a whirlwind of debate, theory, desegregation, and revolution. Even today, as the Tarot appears as commercially printed works of art, its divinatory properties remain as taunted or in question, as much as they remain willfully respected.
As we know it, the Tarot took form under fourteenth century Christian influence, with underlying roots in civilizations ranging from Egypt to China. As a work of illustration, it has rendered a visual, cultural, and spiritual evolution, redefining the power of symbols in art.
As a popular pastime, it has introduced society to a metaphysical phenomenon that allows one to develop intuitive and extrasensory responses to their questions. While secular viewers may question the metaphysical worth in these works of art, the illustrative property of these cards is rich in history, myth, and unnerving truth.
Keywords: Card games, Feminism, Illustration, Magic, spirituality, tarot
Subject
Art--History
Political science
Religious history
Card games
Feminism
Magic
Spirituality
Tarot
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FIT Repository ID: etd_000952
Type
Text
Thesis
Language
English

Citation

Carrera, C. (2017). Discs, Bones & Priestesses: A History on the Art of the Tarot [Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York]. FIT Institutional Repository. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/132129
Carrera, Cristina. Discs, Bones & Priestesses: A History on the Art of the Tarot. 2017. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, Master's thesis. FIT Digital Repository, https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/132129
Carrera, Cristina. "Discs, Bones & Priestesses: A History on the Art of the Tarot." Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, 2017. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/132129