Giulio Bartoletti’s Hollywood-inspired “Grand Hôtel” covers

Giulio Bartoletti, Grand Hotel

Giulio Bartoletti (1919-1976) illustrated the covers of the famous magazine “Grand Hôtel” for years.

The Milanese periodical, founded in 1946, had started printing over one million copies by the time it had turned six months. Its success was crucial in popularizing photo stories, a typically Italian genre that the whole world soon would appreciate, with critics comparing it to Neorealist film for its role in people’s “symbolic integration” in the postwar culture and society.

Bartoletti captured readers with his beautiful smiling couples and a hint of Hollywood style. Here is a series of his covers, ranging from 1949 to 1958.

December 10, 2014