Texts by Italo Calvino, Giovanni Fanelli
1982 / Vol. I 156; Vol. II 144 PAGES.
Language: Two volumes and two editions: Italian/English, English
This volume hosts an unprecedented yet by-now invisible Florence, reconstructed though the images of an elegant, nostalgic painter of the past.
Quiet and long-forgotten, Fabio Borbottoni (1820-1901) left us an extraordinary corpus of 120 paintings that reconstruct – in fascinating, minute detail – the image of a city already mostly lost in his day: the grand-ducal Florence of the first half of the 19th century. These dreamy vedute inspired Calvino’s amazing introductory pages. The entire series, accompanied by detailed historical descriptions written by the painter himself, is published in these two volumes.