Scena Illustrata covers

si06.jpg

Art by Ezio Anichini, one of the magazine’s regular illustrators.

Scena Illustrata, an Italian culture magazine launched in 1884, was a prime exponent of the variant of Art Nouveau that Italians call stile Liberty. Or it was on its covers… To date there isn’t a substantial archive of back issues so I can’t say how much of the cover style was carried through to the interior. But since this was a fortnightly magazine there are many covers to be found. The examples here inevitably concentrate on the two decades either side of 1900 although a few are later; elements of the stile Liberty persisted into the 1920s, as did versions of that marvellous logo design.

si13.jpg

si03.jpg

si04.jpg

si11.jpg

si01.jpg

si08.jpg

si09.jpg

si10.jpg

si12.jpg

si02.jpg

si15.jpg

si16.jpg

si17.jpg

si18.jpg

si05.jpg

si19.jpg

si20.jpg

si21.jpg

si22.jpg

si23.jpg

si24.jpg

si07.jpg

si14.jpg

Previously on { feuilleton }
Ezio Anichini postcards
Ezio Anichini’s Salomé
Lussuria, Invidia, Superbia

2 thoughts on “Scena Illustrata covers”

  1. Those are wonderful covers. Any one of them would make a great poster. John do you know the original format size of the magazine? If I’m not mistaken modern magazines tend to follow a German standard established in the 1920s. Were these larger formats?

  2. Issues from the 1930s are listed as being 28 x 36 cm, or about 11 x 14 inches which is slightly narrower than tabloid. All the covers are the same ratio so I guess this may be the size of the earlier issues as well.

Comments are closed.