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“La Lettura” by Enrico Sacchetti: artful covers

For twenty-five years, Enrico Sacchetti (Rome, 1877-Settignano, 1967) worked at “La Lettura”, an illustrated monthly published by “Corriere della Sera” from 1901 to 1945,...

Cordial Campari and the art of illustration (II part)

More Cordial Campari, more masterpieces of illustration in advertisement. Writer Giovanni Cenzato has said, “Davide Campari had wonderful insight about the use of art in...

Walter Molino for “La Domenica del Corriere”: happy endings, week after week

Illustrator and painter Walter Molino (1915-1997) started working for “La Domenica del Corriere” in 1941, launching a successful twenty-five-year-long collaboration with the weekly magazine...

Plinio Codognato and “Il Secolo XX”

Founded in 1902 by Milanese publishing house Fratelli Treves, “Il Secolo XX” – the self-described “popular illustrated magazine” – was a creative hotbed that...

Marcello Dudovich paints a great picture of Venice

You can see Venice come to life in posters, postcards, books, and magazines in the vibrant colors in Marcello Dudovich’s creations. His characters look out...

Fall/winter in Italian tourist style

Here is the “fall/winter collection” by ENIT (Ente nazionale italiano del Turismo), now known as Agenzia nazionale italiana del turismo (Italian National Agency for...

Jacovitti’s Cocco Bill & co.

Here is a new series of fun characters invented by the great cartoonist Benito Jacovitti. In order of appearance in this page, we have: Cocco Bill,...

“Il Dramma” and Brunetta Mateldi’s women of class

Here is an all-female gallery of Italian actresses, portrayed on the covers of “Il Dramma” by the great illustrator Brunetta Mateldi (born Bruna Moretti,...

Jacovitti, three kids, a virago, two policemen, and one mean bogeyman

Once, during an interview, the great cartoonist Benito Jacovitti (1923-1997) said that in his hometown Termoli, in Molise – “there were large, white rocks...

“Novissima”. Ten amazing years of Liberty art and culture

The yearly magazine “Novissima. Albo d’Arti e Lettere” was first published in 1901, thanks to British-Florentine intellectual and art expert Edoardo De Fonseca (1867-1936). According...

Augusto Majani, “Novissima” and the art of caricatures

Augusto Majani was a scholar, graphic designer, painter and art professor from Emilia (1867-1959). He also worked as an illustrator and caricaturist, signing his...

Melchiorre Delfico’s caricatures and Italy’s Unification

Giuseppe Verdi nicknamed Melchiorre De Filippis Delfico (1825-1895) The Great Neapolitan Nadar, after the brilliant Parisian photographer and cartoonist Gaspard-Félix Tournachon (who, amongst other...

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Rococo luxury at the Palazzina di Caccia of Stupinigi

The Palazzina di Caccia of Stupinigi, near Turin, was designed by Filippo Juvarra and built in 1729; between the 18th and 19th...

Pietro Piffetti: the king of fine cabinetry

by Barbara Palladino His creations sum up every magnificence of 18th-century Baroque style: Pietro Piffetti was one of the most famous and...

Gabinetto del Segreto Maneggio degli Affari di Stato: a triumph of decorative art

by Barbara Palladino Inside Turin’s Royal Palace is one of the gems of 18th-century Baroque art: the Gabinetto del Segreto Maneggio degli...

Antonio Stradivari: the legend and myth of perfect sound

by Barbara Palladino The Stradivarius violin is renowned as the perfect musical instrument. Playing one is a dream come true for any...