Robert M. Place

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Robert M. Place
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Robert M. Place, May 2005
Occupation illustrator, author, artist, jeweler, Tarot lecturer
Spouse Rose Ann Place
Website
thealchemicalegg.com

Robert M. Place (born 1947) is an American artist and author known for his work on tarot history, symbolism, and divination.

Work as an Artist[edit]

Place has worked since the 1970s as a sculptor, jeweler and illustrator.[1] His sculpture has been exhibited on the White House Christmas tree, in, The New York State Museum,[2][3] The Delaware Art Museum, and The Irish American Heritage Museum. Place’s jewelry has been exhibited in The American Craft Museum,[4] The Philadelphia Museum of Art,[5] The Montclair Art Museum, The Summit Art Center,[6] the International Wilhelm Muller Competition, (which toured Museums in Germany),[7][8] Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, England, and in numerous galleries in the United States Ireland, Britain, and Japan. Place was awarded a 1984-85 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship [9] and the Niche Magazine Award for outstanding achievement in metal sculpture in 1990 [10] and in 1991.[11]

Work as Tarot Designer and Author[edit]

In the 1990s, Place turned his attention as an illustrator to the creation of tarot decks and began his career as an author. Place is best known as the creator of The Alchemical Tarot, his first deck and book combination, which is illustrated in the style of 17th century alchemical engravings and presents a parallel between the “great work” of alchemy,which leads to the creation of the philosopher’s stone and the allegory in the tarot’s trumps.[12][13]

In his other decks, The Angels Tarot, The Tarot of the Saints, and The Buddha Tarot, Place has explored the connection between religion, mysticism and the tarot’s symbolism.[14]

In his fifth book, The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination, his first book published not in connection with a tarot deck, Place contributes to the field of tarot history by discussing the images in the tarot in relation to the iconography of the 15th century Italian Renaissance, the era when the tarot was created. Place relates each image in the tarot to similar images created at the that time and presents a theory of interpretation that is rooted in the art and philosophy of the time. The book also discusses contrasting occult theories and champions Pamela Colman Smith as the primary designer of the Waite-Smith Tarot.[15][16]

The Tarotpedia says that The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination “is bound to find a place amongst the most important works published this decade.”

"Booklist", the publication of the American Library Association, says that The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination “may be the best book ever written on that deck of cards decorated with mysterious images called the tarot.”[17]

Robert Place has been a frequent lecturer on and teacher of Western mysticism and the history and use of the tarot. He has taught at the World Tarot Congress, in Chicago; The Southeast Tarot Congress, in Florida; the New York Reader's Studio; The Third International Conference of the Association for Esoteric Studies, in Charleston; The Omega Institute, in New York; The New York Theosophical Society; The Museo Dei Tarocchi, in Riola, Italy; and has held an annual course at the New York Open Center, since 1996. His lectures have appeared on the BBC, the Learning Channel, Discovery, and A&E.[18]

In July, 2007, Place had the honor of cutting the ribbon at the grand opening of the Museo dei Tarocchi, in Riola, Italy.[19] Place was also the curator of an exhibition on the art and history of the Tarot which was held at the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, from January 23, 2010, to May 9, 2010 and is the subject of his book, The Fool's Journey: the History, Art, & Symbolism of the Tarot. His facsimile of one of the earliest Italian Renaissance woodcut Tarots is included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Tarot Decks by Place[edit]

Books by Place[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Lapidary Journal," February 1989
  2. ^ “American Craft," April/May 1997
  3. ^ “American Craft," June/July 1999
  4. ^ “Ornament," 1992
  5. ^ “Kaatskill Life: A Regional Journal," Sommer 2001
  6. ^ “American Craft," October/November 1985
  7. ^ “Ornament," August 1985
  8. ^ “Ornament," Spring 1989
  9. ^ Bishop Gordon (1985) Gems of New Jersey, Prentice Hall, Englewood Clifts, NJ ISBN 0-13-347436-4
  10. ^ “Niche," Spring 1990
  11. ^ “Niche," Spring 1991
  12. ^ "Gnosis: A Journal of Western Inner Traditions," Fall 1989
  13. ^ "Gnosis: A Journal of Western Inner Traditions," Summer 1996
  14. ^ Interview with Robert M. Place
  15. ^ Robles-Smith, Kimberley,"Library Journal," 2005
  16. ^ Monaghan, Patricia, "Booklist," March 15, 2005
  17. ^ Monaghan
  18. ^ Place, Robert M., The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination New York, Tarcher/Penguin: 2005, p.321
  19. ^ http://www.museodeitarocchi.it/robert.htm

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