Tema e Variazioni

AN ICON WITH A THOUSAND FACES

Lina Cavalieri emerged from the pages of a late 19th century magazine, a classical beauty with an enigmatic gaze. Fascinated by her, Piero Fornasetti dedicated an endless series of variations, multiples, games, poetic ideas and metaphysical portraits to the face of the famous opera singer. Suggestive, mysterious, surprised, seductive, with a moustache, glasses, a crown or a balaclava: however it is reinvented, Lina's face remains unmistakable. An icon that has become the symbol of Fornasetti and his poetics.

Precious porcelain meets decorative art, creating minor masterpieces of Italian design.

The infinite variety of subjects makes the Tema e Variazioni series an object of desire. The various creations are multiples of art in which the difference in the detail contributes to the pleasure of collecting them.

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“Variation (...) is an intellectual tradition and virtuosity of the imagination”.

Gio Ponti