20. L’Ange

The Angel or Judgement from Tarocchino Arlecchino

About the Card

English Name(s)

The Angel, Judgement


  • Grand Etteilla: Card Number 16
  • Tarot de Marseille: Trump XX

Image Description

A winged Harlequin blowing on a trumpet rises through the air. He wears a large circular hat that resembles a halo, a dark red mask, and a red and black diamond costume. Three other masked Commedia dell’Arte characters sit in a hold below and look up at him: Columbia in a red and black diamond-patterned dress with her hands on her chest, crying Pierrot in white, and bearded Pantalon reclining in his red cap and vest.

Further Notes

Colombina (on the bottom left of the card) was a maid character. She was the wife of Pierrot and Arlecchino was her lover. Pierrot (in the bottom center of the card) is the archetypal white clown or sad clown, and has gained as much popularity as Arlecchino himself. Pantalon (bottom right) was an old man and a famous miser.

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Judgement, true judgement, good judgement, sane judgement, fair judgement, discernment, intelligence, reason, understanding, conception, view, thought, comparison, deliberation, opinion, feeling, false judgement, last judgement.


Judgement, decision, decree, ruling, legal outcome, arbitration, pacification, weak judgement, weak spirit, pusillanimity, injustice, madness.