Monday, August 9, 2010

Fornasetti's Lina Cavalieri

Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) was a painter, interior decorator, sculptor, and engraver from Italy. Out of the 11,000 items he created, over 500 of them consist of the face of one single woman; the Italian operatic soprano Lina Cavalieri. The Italian beauty's face spans over plates, paintings, and clocks, and other various objects of design. So, why create so many things related to one woman? The simple explanation Fornasetti offers is this: "I began to make them and I never stopped."