PRINT May 1990


Anche di notte il Monte Bianco è alto 4810 metri. E la Pietà Rondanini di notte è sola con se stessa. E l’ultimo quartetto di Beethoven è conturbante anche quando nessuno lo suona. (Even at night Mont Blanc is 4,810 meters high. And at night the Rondanini Pietà is alone with herself. And Beethoven’s last quartet is disturbing even when no one plays it.)

—Fausto Melotti

THE ART OF FAUSTO MELOTTI—secret, lyrical, poetic—opens a window onto our century, illuminating the intersection between classical culture and the birth of the avant-garde. Born into an upper-middle-class Italian family in 1901, Melotti grew up in a milieu still resolutely 19th century in feeling. Yet by 1919 he had found his way to the Casa d’arte of the Futurist Fortunato Depero,1 who was living in Rovereto, Melotti’s birthplace. The experience with Depero, shared with his cousin Carlo Belli, a theoretician of Italian

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