Tarot Pierrot

Tarot Pierrot is the white-clad companion to Tarocchino Arlecchino. This deck stars the iconic Pierrot, another character of the Commedia dell’arte, friend and rival to Harlequin. While Harlequin’s origins may be demonic, Pierrot’s are more human. And thanks to modern painters and poets, he has developed into a more nuanced and romantic role, with both buffoonish and sinister undertones. I’m looking forward to exploring Pierrot through this project! I am starting with the court cards, which I will fill in below as I go.

The Suit of Cups

Pierrot, wearing a blue galero with red tassels, sits and holds a large cup.
King of Cups
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The Suit of Coins

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Pierrot paints her face while gazing at the image of a moon on a large disk.
Queen of Coins
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The Suit of Swords

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Pierrot rides a horse with a sword driven into his torso. Red blood stains the white blade.
Knight of Swords
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The Suit of Batons

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Jumping on one leg, Pierrot plays a tall viol. He looks back over his shoulder, smirking.
Knave of Batons