From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Giordano Berti (Born 27 February 1959) is an Italian writer and teacher on the History of Art. Born in Bologna, he grew up in Monghidoro, a town of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. After obtaining his College diploma he went on to study History and Philosophy at University of Bologna and shortly thereafter started his career of editor and writer.
Berti is an established and prolific author of many books about different subjects, such as History of Esotericism (magic, divination, witchcraft, alchemy, astrology, heresies, gnosticism, heaven and hell) in his relationship with Art. Some of Berti's books are translated in English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Polish and Japanese.
He is President and co-founder of the Istituto Graf (Bologna, Italy), an association dedicated to the research and, often, rediscovery of the Arts and Folklore. Berti is well aware of the value this has as a cultural heritage and is a staunch supporter of making these available to the wider public; to this end he frequently organises, with the patronage and support of local Councils, many Art and History exhibitions throughout Italy.
As Tarot Historian, Berti is internationally renowned as an authority of experience and unblemished reputation; as such, he was invited, as special guest, at the third World Tarot Congress, in Chicago (May 10 to 14/ 2001), were he delivered a long conference (accompanied by slide show) titled "The Babel of Tarot, or the evolution of the 22 allegoric Triumph cards as a transformation into an esoteric language".