|Artist: Adolfo Hohenstein
Title: Onoranze a Volta
from the "Ricordi Portfolio"
in Italy 1914. View entire collection (70)
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| Sheet Size:|| 10 in x 14 in|
| || 25.5 cm x 35.5 cm|
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"Two young women with the symbols of manual labor (a shuttlecock and a washboard)
place a wreath around the cameo of Alessandro Volta (1754-1827), to indicate their
gratefulness for his electricity that liberates them from drudgery. The poster
is for an exhibition of electrical products being held in honor of the 100th anniversary
of the birth of Volta, the inventor of an instrument for measuring electricity
(voltmeter), and the man who defined a single unit of it, a volt, as "the electron
drive force which, when applied to the conductor with the resistance of one ohm,
produces a current of one ampere." That so impressed Napoleon that he made him
a count as well as a senator of Lombardy" (Rennert
The poster advertises an exhibition celebrating the
centennial of the invention of the electric battery by Volta
a selection from the very rare commemorative portfolio published by the renowned
Italian printer Ricordi in 1914. The portfolio consisted of 70 lithographic plates
(smaller versions) of Ricordi's greatest posters printed between 1895 and 1914.
Many of the images in the series are so rare that they can be found today in no
other format. In the 1870s, Ricordi opened an in-house lithography shop to promote
its operas and sheet music business. Ricordi quickly became the leading lithographer
in Italy and by 1895 was creating posters for other clients such as Campari, the
Milan newspaper Corriere della Sera, and the Mele Department store of Naples.
Under the tutelage of Adolfo Hohenstein,
a brilliant stable of artists emerged at Ricordi. Artists including Cappiello,
Caldanzano, Cavaleri, Dudovich, Laskoff, Metlicovitz and Mataloni brought Art
Nouveau, known as Stile Liberty in Italy, to a world class level. Much like the
famous Maitre de L'Affiche series created
by Cheret in Paris, this portfolio celebrated
the rise of the poster - which in Italy was almost single-handedly accomplished