Tarot History 101:
An Interactive Quiz
By James W. Revak
Correct! The answer is A. The Stairs of Gold Tarot by Giorgio Tavaglione is not best described as substantially influenced by The Rider Tarot for numerous reasons. Perhaps the most easily noticed difference between it and The Rider Tarot is Tavagliones use of suit signs rather than scenes on the numeric cards. For example, compare the Six of Swords from The Stairs of Gold Tarot (below, left) with that of The Rider Tarot (right). I am quick to add that a few cards from The Stairs of Gold are influenced by The Rider Tarot. Still, The Stairs of Gold is influenced by The Rider Tarot in only a minimal way.
Illustrations (left to right): the Six of Swords from The Stairs of Gold Tarot by Tavaglione (copyright © 1980 U.S. Games Systems); and the Six of Swords from The Rider Tarot designed by A. E. Waite & drawn by Pamela Colman Smith (1909) (copyright © 1971 U.S. Games Systems).
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