Ettore Tito (Italian, 1859-1941)
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Ettore Tito (Italian, 1859-1941)

I Giochi: The games

Ettore Tito (Italian, 1859-1941)
I Giochi: The games
signed 'E. TITO' (lower right)
oil on canvas
35½ x 47¼ in. (90.2 x 120 cm.)
Enrico Pini, Genoa.
L. Giovanola, La mostra individuale di Ettore Tito alla Galleria di Pesaro a Milano, in 'Emporium', vol. 49, no. 10, Bergamo, 1919, p. 140 (illustrated).
Milan, Galleria Pesaro, Ettore Tito, 1919.
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Lot Essay

The present work is a study for the fresco series created by Tito for the entry hall ceiling of the Villa Berlingeri in Rome, decorated in an Art Nouveau style, and today the Embassy of Saudi Arabia. Painted between 1914 and 1917 the series is an allegorical representation of the Berligeri’s family history and comprises pure decorative and symbolic scenes based on four different themes: The Fruits of the Earth, Play, Study and Rest.

When exhibited at the Galleria Pesaro in Milan in 1919, this series was highly praised for its novelty and joyous expressiveness, with one critic commenting that ‘Entering from a gloomy and foggy Milanese street into the four rooms of the Galleria Pesaro, is like suddenly entering a space full of sunshine, and fresh air to admire a beautiful landscape. This is not surprise, as the magician who recreated this atmosphere is called Ettore Tito.’ (L. Giovanola, op. cit., p. 139)

The authenticity of the present work has been confirmed by Andrea Baboni in a letter and an image of the painting will be included in the expert's Archive.

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