Giordano Berti


Giordano Berti - socio Giordano Berti, born in 1959, is an Italian writer and teacher on History of Art. He is author of many books about different arguments on History of Esotericism (magic, divination, witchcraft, alchemy, astrology, heresies, gnosticism, heaven and hell) in his relationship with Art. Some of Berti' s books are translated in English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Polish and Japanese. Berti is President and co-founder of the Istituto Graf (Bologna, Italy), an association dedicated to the research on the Arts and Folklore and organisation of Art and History exhibitions. His experience and reputation as a Tarot Historian is renown worldwide. So, Berti is consultant for two of the most famous Tarot editors: Lo Scarabeo (Turin, Italy) and Dal Negro (Treviso, Italy)

Exhibits and Catalogues

Together with Prof. Andrea Vitali, president of the Associazione Le Tarot (Faenza, Italy), Berti organized various exhibitions on the History of Tarot, which were successful at national and international levels:
Este Castle of Ferrara (from December 1987 to February 1988),
City Archeological Museum of Bologna (Bologna, December 1994),
National Museum of Castel S. Angelo (Rome, March 1995),
Barolo Palace (Turin, April 1997).

With Prof. Andrea Vitali, Berti also published some important catalogues:

Le Carte di Corte. I Tarocchi. Gioco e Magia alla Corte degli Estensi.  Bologna, Nuova Alfa Editorale (1987)
Tarocchi: Le Carte del Destino, Faenza, Le Tarot Editions (1988)
Tarocchi: Art and Magic, Faenza, Le Tarot  Editions (1994)

In addition to the tarot exhibition catalogues, Berti published a lot of studies on tarot and card games history for the Italian editor Lo Scarabeo of Turin:

Antichi Tarocchi Bolognesi, with M. Chiesa and G. Crippa (1995)
Antichi Tarocchi Liguri-Piemontesi, with M. Chiesa and T. Depaulis (1995)
Antichi Tarocchi Milanesi, with M. Chiesa (1995)
The Sola-Busca Tarot, with M. Chiesa and S. Di Vincenzo (1995)
Egyptian Tarot, with T. Gonard (1997)
Antichi Tarocchi Marsigliesi, with T. Gonard (1998)
Visconti Tarot, with T. Gonard (1998)
Tarocchi di Aleister Crowley, with R. Negrini and R. Tebani (1999)
Tarot of the New Vision, with R. Tebani (2005)

The most recent book about Tarot is:

History of Tarot. Trues and Legends about the most mysterious cards on the world (Mondadori, Oscar Storia, Milano, 2007)