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Roma, 11. settembre 1926

Flavio Costantini

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"Lucetti, Gino. Italian anarchist 1900-1943. Militant anarchist who emigrated to France in 1925, returned to Italy in 1926, on the morning of 11th April made an attempt on the life of Benito Mussolini." Enciclopedia Universale Rizzoli - Larousse

"Il Quester di Roma on record for 11/9/1926, number 106894 records that at about 10 o’clock on that day, on the small square of the Porte Pia, in the south east approach as the President was returning from Villa Torlonia, an unknown assailant suddenly threw a bomb at the car without hitting it." Central State Archive - political section on Gino Lucetti.

Flavio Costantini (21 September 1926 - 20 May 2013) was an Italian artist, designer, and printmaker. Costantini created portraits of writers and artists for newspapers, and illustrated several novels. His early works were inspired by the novelist Franz Kafka, and by literary, utopian and—after reading Victor Serge's Memoires of a Revolutionary in the 1960's—anarchist. Costantini did a large number of illustrations for the British anarchist publisher Cienfuegos Press, which published a—sadly—out of print collection of his work entitled The Art of Anarchy.

These are screenprints from Costantini's Anarchist Series. Although offset poster editions of these images sometimes circulate, these original, 14-color prints (including metallic inks!) from 1976 are extremely rare!

These are very rare prints which were not stored in an archival manner until they came into our possession. Although they are in remarkable condition, there is some paper discoloration and foxing on the white edges of the paper of each print, as pictured below.

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