The anniversary of his birth falls in this very month, on January 20, 1920 the father of the Dolcevita was born in Rimini. The cities featured in his films are characters on their own, seemingly with their own lines to interpret. He was perfectly able to juggle melancholy and parody, between surrealism and comedy. Felliniano, a word defined in the Italian dictionary, a term that recalls atmospheres, characters and dreamlike situations that bring to mind those of the Master.
“Felliniano… I always dreamed of being an adjective when I grew up”
First a woman, then an icon. The first to capture her beauty was Richard Avedon. Wife of “L’Avvocato”, (Gianni Agnelli) she found a graceful way to decline the role of “First Lady” of the Agnelli empire. In perpetual search for beauty, she kept works by Canova, Manet, Matisse and Modigliani. The world changed and flowed quickly as she remained true to herself, without bowing to fashions or popular customs.
Marella and Gianni Agnelli arriving at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball in the Grand Ballroom at the Plaza Hotel in New York City
“Il figlio muto lo capisce la mamma” (“Only a mother can understand her mute child”). This proverb that perfectly explains a mother’s innate ability to understand what we have in mind or what worries us. They have a repertoire of spontaneous right words at the right time… They teach, chat, cook and are always right. Never challenge them, and know that their instincts are better. Our mothers, le mamme Italiane who always make sure we are well fed and overdressed, are the best in the world!
I went to Rome in the fifties, which was a whole other world from what it is now. It’s not the same city. In a sense, the life is totally different. It had more space, you could see it and you could enjoy it….when I went I was in paradise. ~ Cy Twombly
One of the most appreciated artists of the 20th century, he made Italy into his second home. Looking for his roots, he found inspiration and the history he craved. While living between his 17th century palazzo in Via Monserrato, Rome, and the seaside Villa di Gaeta of Nicola Roscio, Twombly painted some of his best work.
Architect, urban planner and academic. He lived the vibrant Milan during the 1920s characterized by intense design activity. Portaluppi simultaneously brought forward irony and skepticism towards modernity and urbanism in his architectural feats. Inclined to satire that translated into sketches. Strolling through today’s Milan we can catch his contribution, 56 years completely dedicated to the city, in breathtaking symbolic places such as Villa Necchi Campiglio and the Pinacoteca di Brera.