Artist: Giovanni Mataloni Italian (1869-1944)
Title: La Tribuna
Plate: R. 66
Original lithograph from the "Ricordi Portfolio"
Printed in Italy 1914. View entire collection (70)
Presented in 16 in x 20 in acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
Certificate of Authenticity.
Sheet Size: 10 in x 14 in 25.5 cm x 35.5 cm
La Tribuna, personified, bends over the shadowed Earth, about to inscribe upon the new day with a quill. From her tapestried dress, we gaze upward to her feather-winged headdress – as if Mercury's winged sandals had become Shakespeare's "wings of imagination and speed of thought." A superb work of art, right down to the typography, features imagery and chiaroscuro familiar to fans of Metlicovitz and Dudovich. But Mataloni preceded both of those colleagues at Ricordi, where he arrived in 1890. Mataloni's famous Brevetto Auer poster brought Art Nouveau to Italy in 1895; this magnificent piece returns us to the Italian Renaissance. (Rennert)
This is 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 by Ricordi. (www.internationalposter.com)