This was one of our selected Fall 2020 pre-order titles. It casts the spell that we predicted.
For generations, the Guatelli family factories have produced tins for the Italian olive oil industry, both for domestic use and for export to Italian immigrant families, particularly in English-speaking countries. This book offers the highlights of a 6,000-piece collection they have assembled with the help of several other families. It documents the vibrant artistry of a proudly Italian heritage in beautiful detail.
The selected tins are organized into chapters according to their dominant image or theme. Among them are animals, women, children, mythology, history, opera, and locations. The illustration styles vary from folksy and rustic to stylized art moderne and art deco. And the roster of brand names evokes great pride in Italian culture, with marques such as Dante, Bufalo, Cesare, Marco Aurelio, Marco Polo, Enrico Caruso, and Primavera Siciliana. Each tin is identified by size as well as its approximate year of production.
Gorgeous and fascinating.
Handsomely photographed in color throughout.