In the 1950s, Genoa was an extremely lively city; with Turin and Milan, it was one of the three most important cities of Italy’s industrial boom at the beginning of the country’s so-called “economic miracle”.
Emanuele Luzzati (1921-2007), one of the great artists born in the city on the coast of Liguria, often portrayed it on the cover of the Municipality’s magazine.
His hometown – a city “where you enter houses from the roof and go out into steep streets, like a maze as intricate as a forest” – inspired him throughout his career. He had to leave in 1940 due to the Racial Laws of 1938, but came back to his “Muse” once the war was over.
“Every time I get out of the elevator in the Castelletto district and look outside,” he once said, “I am surprised because I always see something new.”
It is the same feeling we get looking at these 1953 portraits of Genoa, and other fantastic illustrations by Luzzati.