Do you know if these plates were inspired by or a tribute to classical Italian forms? The plate with the apple and the one with the snake make me think of the Adam and Eve story.
Piero Fornasetti, an Italian designer, was very proud of his country, his culture and heritage. The image of Eve on this plate is inspired by Classical Roman images of women and goddesses. The hair, eyes and lips all allude to the classical ideal. This series of plates, along with it's companion Adam series, is among Fornasetti's most famous works.
Makes sense that there would be an Adam series. It's a beautiful set. Not sure I'd like to be the dinner guest getting the one with the snake, though. :)
Haha! Good point! Though an image of an arm or a leg under your dinner might be equally as disturbing! Although Fornasetti is clearly referencing and celebrating the Classical and Renaissance traditions here, he's also deconstructing it (quite literally). Here is a body in pieces! Neither the ancient Romans nor the Renaissance Florentines would ever have depicted the human body as an imperfect fragment.
Oh, interesting point. Do you think he was trying to convey a message, or just deconstructing the body for its own sake?
That's a difficult question to answer. His son, Barnaba Fornasetti, who runs the studio today, said of his practice: "My father designed a kind of creative system that can still be used today and in the future. It’s a method of using images from the past, from all over the world, that are already stored in our brains, then reusing and recycling them in different ways while putting your own identity into it as well...It’s something old-fashioned and very fashionable. It’s not modern or antique. It’s not surreal, but it is,” he says. “It’s everything and nothing at the same time."
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These plates are so much fun! Piero Fornasetti was extremely successful as a designer during his lifetime and his son Barnaba still runs his company today.
As I'm sure you can guess, this image, called Eva, is based on a Classical image, something abundant in Italy. Fornasetti was known for his wild imagination.
Can you tell me more about this? Were these plates actually used or were they only for decorative purposes?
Fornasetti was an Italian designer who was clearly inspired by Classical imagery as well as historic prints---especially prints from the Renaissance---when creating these plates. This series along with its companion set, "Adam," is one of his most famous works.
While these are plates, they were certainly created within the context of Postmodern art, which was characterized in some cases by a lack of functionality. So while they certainly could be used, I doubt that was the main concern in Fornasetti's design process.