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Piero Fornasetti: The Timeless Artist

Piero fornasetti

Piero Fornasetti: The Timeless Artist

Piero Fornasetti is the artist behind the iconic black and white dot-based face on decorative items from ceramic vases to chairs. But Piero is not only a painter and sculptor, he is also interior decorator and engraver. Thats why he is such a full artist.

Such a prolific artist created more than 11,000 artworks during his lifetime, so Malabar presents the curiosities behind some of them.

The Muse Behind His Artwork

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As you probably already noticed, many of the Fornasetti’s artwork features the woman’s face that makes his work instantly recognizable. But the question is “who does the face belong to?”. An opera singer named Lina Cavalieri.

Lina cavalieri
Lina cavalieri
Lina cavalieri

Fornasetti saw her for the first time on a 19th Century french magazine illustration.
And charmed by her timeless beauty, he re-imagined endless permutations of Lina and launches the “Themes and Variations” collection. In addition to architectural elements and Lina’s face, he experimented with suns, butterflies, fish, paying cards, among many others.

Lina cavalieri
Lina cavalieri

Clearly, the plates are still made with the same rigor, featuring 26 cm of diameter and the usual high quality ceramics.

Lina cavalieri plates by piero fornasetti
Fornasetti collection

Zodiac Suite

Famously, Piero designed the Zodiac Suite on the Andrea Doria, the  ocean liner that was once an icon of Italian national pride.

Zodiac suit by piero fornasetti

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