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Mona Lisa Tarot

Mark McElroy
Written by Mark McElroy

The Sacred Feminine upends Catholicism in a tarot deck from an alternate reality

Project Info
Contribution: Scriptwriter
Year: 2008
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo

Part puzzle, part fiction, and part Tarot deck, the Mona Lisa Tarot posits an alternative universe where the Sacred Feminine overturned Catholicism during the lifetime of Leonardo da Vinci.

This project is unique in that the entire deck is based on a cohesive, linear story, but the narrative has been shattered into pieces — shuffled, if you will — and projected onto the framework of a standard tarot pack.

I learned so much from this project! The first script (rejected, never published) called for deck to be based on the lore and conspiracy theories surrounding da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The editors dared me to “think bigger,” prompting me to come up with a dark, mysterious product unlike any deck ever published.

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Mark McElroy

Mark McElroy

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