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Piero Fornasetti

Born in Milan, Italy, Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) was an Italian painter, sculptor, interior decorator, and engraver, best known for his works featuring the face of operatic soprano Lina Cavalieri as a motif. He lived most of his life in Milan, where he attended the Brera Art Academy in the early 1930s. In the mid-1940s, during World War II, Fornasetti was exiled to Switzerland here he discovered Cavalieri’s portrait in a magazine and went on to produce more than 11,000 items depicting her face. Other popular themes in Fornasetti’s work included black and white, the sun, and the concept of time. Inspired by Greek and Roman architecture, his interior decor style drew heavily from classical elements. Today, Fornasetti is an Italian decorative arts company led by Fornasetti’s son, Barnaba Fornasetti—where he continues to create whimsical fashion designs and room accessories, such as lamps, fine china, table wares, side tables, and home décor in his father’s name.