ADOLFO FERAGUTTI VISCONTI (Pura, Canton Ticino 1850 - Milan 1924) TWO YOUNG WOMEN LYING DOWN
Etching, drypoint and monotype, printed in colours à la poupée on cream chine collé pasted on thick and soft wove paper. Inscribed in pencil at bottom right AFerragutti (sic) Visconti. To the platemark 205 x 418 mm, the entire sheet measuring 279 x 490 mm. A print of extreme rarity, we do not know other specimens of it.
The painter Carlo Bellesia (Milan 1899 - 1973). At age 17, Bellesia, host of the male Orphanage of Milan (Martinitt), was hired as lithographer by Federico Marioni (Claro 1866 - Milan 1938). Marioni, himself an etcher, opened in Milan, in the last decade of the nineteenth century, a chalcographic atelier attended by many prominent artists as Conconi, Feragutti-Visconti, Russolo, Boccioni, Wildt, Grubicy, Agazzi, Ernesto Bazzaro. The activity of Bellesia at the Marioni atelier, allowed him to gather a collection of etchings by those artists.