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Tema e Variazioni #164

circa 1950-1988

Piero Fornasetti (Italian, 1913 - 1988)

Piero Fornasetti is known for his graphic sensibility, a devotion to surface decoration, a love of contradictions, and his often sinister imagery. He produced a massive collection of distinctive designs during his career. Fornasetti found inspiration in sources ranging from Surrealism to Renaissance and Rococo. There are over five hundred plates included in the Themes and Variations series. Each work includes the face of the same woman. Though the woman’s identity is a mystery, it has been suggested that she is perhaps the Mona Lisa, Fornasetti’s wife, or the courtesan Lina Cavalieri.

Place object was created: Italy

porcelain, decals, glaze

Measurements:    height: 1.125 inches    diameter: 10 inches

Allan Chasanoff Ceramic Collection 2001.92.67

Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN