Fornasetti’s Muse

Piero Fornasetti was a Milan painter, sculptor, interior decorator, an engraver of art books and a creator of more than 11,000 items. Fornasettis production of objects and furniture is one of the largest of the 20th century.

His most famous pieces are the plates known as Themes and Variations which feature the enigmatic face of of a woman in different designs. The woman who would go on to populate the surface of over 350 variations of Fornasetti’s plates was Italian operatic beauty Lina Cavalieri whos face for Fornasetti represented archetypal classical beauty.

For some reason I have always tried to stay away from Fornasetti and its strange almost novelty plates and accessories but recently i have been drawn to certain more whimsical designs out of the 350! Here are some of my current discoveries…


~ by Rohini on October 29, 2008.

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