Saturday, June 1, 2013

Falling for Fornasetti

Graphic, Diane Carnevale

Piero Fornasetti (1913–1988) was a Milanese painter, sculptor, interior decorator and a creator of more than 11,000 products, but it's his unusual portrait plates that I always fall for. No doubt the most famous of Fornasetti's works was his interpretation of soprano opera singer Lina Cavalieri. Fornasetti came across her picture in a 19th century French magazine and she quickly became his muse and inspiration. The genius of Fornasetti was that he took this one image of her and creatively reinvented it in multiple ways. Today there are 350 variations of Cavalieri's portrait plates, and his son Barnaba Fornasetti continues to design in his father's name.

Piero Fornasetti

Check out this very fun interactive Piero Fornasetti  website, which
 shows a series of different faces each time you go back to the beginning.
There are a few online sources to purchase your own  
Fornasetti plate here and hereAlso, check out the 
Fornasetti home here… it’s amazing!

1 comment:

  1. We introduce to you an Italian brand which bears the name of a famous Milanese artist, Piero Fornasetti, whose legacy is alive thanks to reeditions of his unique creations and prints. Praguekabinet is the first company in our country to offer you furniture and accessories signed by this master, which will significantly enhance the appearance of every private or public interior.


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