The Lost Tarot

~ BY HANSJURGEN BAUER ~

A recently rediscovered Tarot of photo-based medieval imagery, The Lost Tarot is a unique, limited edition (500), signed & numbered MAJOR ARCANA

The Lost Tarot Major Arcana Limited Edition

Housed in a custom-made box embossed with a gold wax seal, The Lost Tarot is printed in full color throughout and manufactured entirely in the USA

The High Priestess

The High Priestess

Justice

Justice

Death

Death

The Lost Tarot Major Arcana Limited Edition

Inside the box you will find:

– The 22 cards of the Major Arcana + 4 bonus Aces, printed on heavy coated stock, 2.75″ x 5.5″, with a beautiful gold backing

– A hand signed & numbered insert by the artist Hansjurgen Bauer

– A companion guide written by Carly Fischer

– A copy of William Bradford’s Testamentum detailing the origins of The Lost Tarot

The Gold Backing

The Gold Backing

The Fool

The Fool

The Signed Insert

The Signed Insert

The Lost Tarot Major Arcana Limited Edition

A note from artist Hansjurgen Bauer:

Although my primary occupation has been that of screenwriter (Anaconda, Titan A.E., among others) and novelist (Anaconda: The Writer’s Cut, Fishtale, some more), I have long had an interest in photo-based art. Once, it was my desire to create a portfolio of highly distressed, antiqued photographs depicting well-known historical personages (Attila the Hun, Julius Caesar, Joan of Arc), as if they had simply shown up at my studio requesting that I make their portrait. For several reasons (the difficulty of finding suitable models and period appropriate costumes), those first attempts were unsatisfactory and, in time, I moved from Los Angeles to a rural Texas town, where I soon forgot about the project.

In time, having for several years attended a local Renaissance faire, a friend reminded me of the earlier project and suggested that most of the heavy lifting had already been done by the wonderful characters encountered at the faire; fantastic costumes, armor and period accessories. I decided to experiment with a single card, The Fool and, if pleased with the result, would continue. To my great delight, The Lost Tarot began to take shape.

The majority of the primary elements were photographed over the course of several seasons at two Renaissance fairs: the Texas Renaissance Faire, the world’s largest and most ambitious, located near Houston, and the Sherwood Forest Faire, near Austin. A handful of images were staged and photographed at my home studio and surrounding areas. Some costumes, accessories, and armor for these images were created and shipped from Ukraine.

I decided to take my project a step further by creating a fictitious historical background explaining how The Lost Tarot came into existence, the deck being the brainchild of an English wool merchant, William Bradford, whose chance encounter with the polymath Leonard da Vinci on the Continent resulted in the purchase of a design for an optical device (the first camera), leading to the making of the first known photographs, i.e., The Lost Tarot, how in 1994 the deck was discovered buried in a farmer’s field near Nottingham, England, and how the use of digital tools allowed for its restoration.

I thank you,

Hansjurgen Bauer

The Empress

The Empress

The Lovers

The Lovers

The World

The World

The Hermit

The Hermit

A Tarot like no other…