“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, Ivrea 1904-Milan 1989) in the 1930s and 1940s.

Mateldi dedicated most of her career to fashion illustrations, collaborating among others with “Il Corriere della Sera”, “L’Espresso”, “La Gazzetta del Popolo”, and “Scena Illustrata”. She once commented, “Every type of woman, at any age, can be a woman of class as long as her intelligence leads her to dress in the only way that suits her, and to do her make up and hair without offending her own type” (“Il Giorno della Donna”, 10 November 1959).

The watercolors and line drawings portraying these divas are, according to journalist Orio Vergani, “women’s stories, telling us about a time of femininity, with all the mystery of its coquetry and melancholy” (translated from A. Gigli Marchetti, “‘Il Giorno’: cinquant’anni di un quotidiano anticonformista”, Franco Angeli, Milan 2007).

How could we not admire these women of class, of mystery, of the theater and silver screen?

Brunetta Mateldi, "Il Dramma", Elsa De Giorgi, novembre 1941

Elsa De Giorgi, November 1941

Brunetta Mateldi, "Il Dramma", Evi Maltagliati, dicembre 1941

Evi Maltagliati, December 1941

Brunetta Mateldi, "Il Dramma", Diana Torrieri in "Anna Christie", agosto 1942

Diana Torrieri in "Anna Christie", August 1942

Brunetta Mateldi, "Il Dramma", Antonella Petrucci, settembre 1942

Antonella Petrucci, September 1942

Brunetta Mateldi, "Il Dramma", Lilla Brignone, ottobre 1942

Lilla Brignone, October 1942

Brunetta Mateldi, "Il Dramma", Neda Naldi, dicembre 1942

Neda Naldi, December 1942

Brunetta Mateldi, "Il Dramma", Anna Proclemer, aprile 1943

Anna Proclemer, April 1943

Brunetta Mateldi, "Il Dramma", Diana Torrieri in "Il piccolo Eyolf", dramma in tre atti di E. Ibsen, aprile 1943

Diana Torrieri in "Il piccolo Eyolf", drama in three acts by E. Ibsen, April 1943

Mirella Pardi, July 1943

Brunetta Mateldi, "Il Dramma", Neda Naldi nel film "Lacrime di sangue", settembre 1943

Neda Naldi in the film "Lacrime di sangue", September 1943

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