The earliest versions of the Devil and Tower cards known today are from
block-printed cards from about 1500, so contemporary artists have to guess
what these Visconti-Sforza cards might have looked like. Ideally, the
replacement cards should historically correct and blend stylistically with
the rest of the trumps.
The Tower and Devil replacement cards for the Lo Scarabeo 2000 deck are
close copies of the Rothschild sheet, woodblock cards printed about 1500.
They are shown in Kaplan's Encyclopedia of Tarot Vol. I page 129. The
Devil has horns, bat wings and bird claw feet. He is swallowing a person,
and has a face protruding from his torso. This conventional depiction of
the Devil is historically correct but can seem odd to modern Tarotists
used to a different kind of Devil. The Tower card has a massive wall that
fills the foreground. Flames leap from the tower, and there are two red
suns in the top corners. Two falling figures are about to hit bottom in
the center of the card.
Atanassov's replacement cards for the Lo Scarabeo 2002 deck don't resemble
any historical models. The Devil stands in flames instead of on a
pedestal, and the two human figures are chained to each other instead of
being chained to the pedestal. The Devil's body is long and graceful, with
angelic-looking wings instead of the conventional stocky body and wide bat
wings. The Tower is a slender column on a base with a domed cupola. Two
figures fall to the ground while lightening splits the tower down one
side. This is anachronistic since lightning doesn't appear on this card
until the very late 16th century.
AG Muller's photo-reproduction, distributed by US Games, is large (7"x
3.5") and faithfully reproduces the cards' current tack holes and peeling
paint. The Knight of Coins blends with the other court cards, but the
Devil and Tower are in Luigi Scapini's unmistakable style. Their bright
colors and flowing lines do not blend with the rest of the deck
Dal Negro and Il Meneghello have produced limited edition collector's
decks with vibrant colors and well-designed replacement cards that are
historically correct. The Devil has the conventional stocky body and bat
wings. Fire attacks the Tower from a cloud in an upper corner.
These decks can be seen online at:
If you just want the pictures and don't need an actual deck, get The
Visconti-Sforza Tarot Cards by Michael Dummett, published by George
Braziller, 1986. It's an inexpensive paperback and out of print, but
easily found on-line. Each card has a full-page color photo-reproduction
with a short description on the facing page.