brant, sebastian

Deck Collectors Challenge Day 23: Deck That Kicks Your Ass

Brian Williams’ Ship of Fools Tarot based (and not very loosely) on woodcuts illustrating Sebastian Brant’s 1494 poem Das Narrenshiff. Many of the woodcuts were done by Albrecht Durer. The poem was a European best seller and was translated into many languages.

The Ship of Fools Tarot is monochromatic, which often causes people to ask me if I find it hard to read without colors. I do not, as the deck is full rich imagery. However, it is also a deck that pulls no punches visually or reading-wise.