[MODIGLIANI, Ettore, et al.] (Eds). Catalogue of the Royal Brera Gallery
Milan, Rizzoli & Co., 1933.
8vo. 199 pp. Paperback with coated paper cover folded around turn-ins. Title to the front with a detail of Raffaello’s Marriage of the Virgin. Slightly worn at head and tail of the spine and around edges. A little yellowing throughout. Includes 48 illustrations on coated papers. This pocket guide to Milan’s most important gallery of paintings was edited by Ettore Modigliani (1873 – 1947), who was the director of the gallery at the time. Modigliani organised a famous exhibition of Italian art at the Burlington House in 1930, receiving the knighthood of the British Empire in recognition of his cultural contribution. Because of antisemitic laws ruled by the Fascist Party, he was dismissed from his post as a director. He returnerd as director of the Brera Gallery after the war, in 1946, only one year before his death. His legacy was continued by his pupil Fernanda Wittgens. A very good copy.