Playing Cards

On View: 
Tuesday, March 18, 1986 to Sunday, May 25, 1986

This exhibition features selections from more than 100 different playing card decks. The earliest cards are from a 15th-century Visconti-Sforza tarot deck painted by Bonifacio Bembo, while the most contemporary are represented by an uncut printer's sheet of a deck produced with offset lithography. Although most cards are made of paper, examples made from leather, ivory, aluminum, and steel are also on display.

Organized by Lucy Fellowes of the Cooper-Hewitt.