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Heraldic Devices of the Ercole I d'Este Tarot Deck

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08/14/2012 at 4:01 PM

Tags 15th century este-eagle aragon-stripes heraldry

Ferdinand I of Naples
Portrait of Ferdinand I of Naples featuring his Coat of Arms

The Ercole I d'Este Tarot Deck features the heraldic devices of Ercole I d'Este and his wife, Leonora of Aragona. These include the Este Eagle and the distinctive vertical stripes of Aragon together with the fleur-de-lis that appear on the coat of arms of Ferdinand I of Naples, father of Leonora of Aragon. This leads me to the conclusion that the deck can be no earlier than the date of their wedding in 1473.


Coat of Arms of the House of Este