Carte des Principaux Costumes Populaires Italiens.
1934 (dated) 25 x 18.25 in (63.5 x 46.355 cm)
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This is a 1934 Emma Calderini and Umberto Zimelli pictorial map of Italy featuring illustrations of Italian folk costumes. The map depicts Italy from Switzerland and Austria to Sicily and the Mediterranean and from France to the Balkans. Created for and published by l'Agenzia nazionale italiana del Turismo (Italian National Tourism Agency), ENIT, eighteen different folk costumes from across Italy are featured. Some regions include both male and female costumes, such as Lombardy, Calabria, Sicily, and Sardinia, while Basilicata, Lazio, Liguria, and Piedmont only illustrate female costumes. A decorative title cartouche, also featuring folk costumes, is situated in the upper right corner.
This map was drawn by Emma Calderini and Umberto Zimelli and published by the Italian National Tourism Agency to promote French tourism in Italy.
Emma Calderini (February 13, 1899 - March 5, 1975) was an Italian costume designer and historian of folk costume. He is also known for his participation in numerous theatrical productions and collaboration with cinema and television productions and numerous women's magazines. Calderini studied at the Scuola Normale di Ravenna and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ravenna. He began his career at age twenty, when he finished his first work for Grazia, Mood, and Lidel. In 1922, Calderini moved to Milan and continued to expand his business by working with more fashion magazines. In 1925, Calderini began his career as a costume designer, working on several productions for the Agrigento theater. Calderini published his most famous work Il Costume Popolare in Italia in 1935. In publishing this work, Calderini garnered enough attention that he was given the task of reorganizing the Ethnographic Museum of Villa d'Este in Tivoli. During World War II, Calderini worked on a handful of films and after the war helped to found several new theatrical companies. In 1951 he was a consultant for costumes at the Center of Arts and Costume at Palazzo Grassi in Venice.
Umberto Zimelli (May 4, 1898 - November 6, 1972) was an Italian designer, illustrator, painter, and ceramicist. He graduated from the School of Art of Forlì and attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Ravenna. In 1920 began producing cover for the magazine La Piè and in 1921 he first exhibited his oils, tempera, and drawing at the Lyceum in Milan. In 1924, Zimelli moved to Milan and taught decoration at the Mantegazza professional school from 1927 through 1933 and then taught professional design and decorative composition in the schools of the Umanitaria Society of Milan from 1932 until 1943. He also taught design, decorative composition, and wrought iron at the Higher Institute for the Artistic Industries in the Villa Reale of Monza from 1933 until 1943. He was the artist for the Italian National Tourism Agency's gastronomic, wine, and traditional costume maps of Italy. He illustrated covers for various authors and edited catalogs and advertising leaflets for exhibitions. After World War II he gave up teaching and became Director for the Lombardy Delegation of the National Organization of Crafts and Small Industries and held that post until 1967.
Very good. Wear along original fold lines. Verso repairs of fold separations. French text on verso.