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Lucio Venna’s cinema and cars

Lucio Venna – nome de plume of painter and commercial artist Giuseppe Landsmann (1897-1974) – was one of the first Futurist artists and an...

Galleria Campari, a taste for art in advertising

Milan’s Galleria Campari tells the story of a historical Italian brand that is known all over the world. It’s a story that began in...

Mario Borgoni, a great artist with great humility

Some say painter and illustrator Mario Borgoni – who was born in Pesaro in 1869, received his cultural and professional education in Naples and...

Cough lozenges in 20th-century advertising

Fall is here, and so are the first few colds, sore throats, and cough – perhaps the most annoying companion of the season. If...

Aleardo Terzi’s intensity

It’s hard to sum up in just a few words the career of Palermo-born illustrator and painter, Aleardo Terzi (1870-1943). The son of famous illustrator Andrea,...

When advertisement is the real show: “Pubblicità!”

From slogans printed in large letters on illustrated posters to commercials broadcast on the 20th century’s new media, television and radio: “Pubblicità!” (“Advertisement!”) showcases...

Franco Mosca’s ladies

Franco Mosca’s most famous women are certainly the ones portrayed in Vespa calendars: the Piedmontese illustrator (Biella, 1910-Milan, 2003) was entrusted with the famous...

The Monza Grand Prix in last century’s poster ads

Here is a selection of poster ads artists of the first half of the 1900s dedicated to the Italian Grand Prix, the Formula 1...

Dudovich and summer ladies

Trieste-born commercial artists and painter, Marcello Dudovich (1878-1962) worked for La Rinascente from 1921 to 1955. For the famous department stores – founded in 1865...

Duilio Cambellotti and Greek theater

Eclectic Roman artist Duilio Cambellotti (1876-1960) started collaborating with Istituto nazionale del dramma antico (National Ancient Drama Institute, or INDA) in 1914. His work...

Mille Miglia’s anniversaries and posters

The legendary Mille Miglia race, from Brescia to Rome and back, has a handful of anniversaries to remember this year. Firstly, the 90th anniversary of...

Depero and “La Rivista illustrata del Popolo d’Italia”

In the 1920s and 1930s, Fortunato Depero created a series of covers for “La Rivista illustrata del Popolo d’Italia” (literally, “the illustrated magazine for...

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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...