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Piera Luisolo: “I studied painting and engraving at the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin and then letterpress printing with Alessandro Zanella (Ampersand private press). I have been working in the field of visual communication for over 20 years.”




Favole in Versi
di Giacomo Leopardi
With linoleums cuts by Piera Luisolo
Santa Lucia ai Monti, Verona: Alessandro Zanella, 2010. Edition of 30.

7.25 x 11” Composed in Californian typeface. Printed letterpress on Hahnemuhle paper. Printing by Alessandro Zanella. Images by Piera Luisolo. Text in Italian. Illustrated with linoleum prints by Piera Luisolo. In light weight black paper slipcase. Numbered. Signed by Luisolo.

Notes from Favole in Versi: “Giacomo Leopardi was born in Recanati on 29 June 1798, the eldest of 10 children of Count Mondaldo and Adelaide of the Antici marquises. In 1908 he wrote his first poem - the sonnet: ‘La morte di ettore’ - and other compositions in prose and verse. Between 1809 and 1812 he wrote what are defined as childhood poems or puerile critti. The childish writings are practically the preparation for his creative production, the one to which Giacomo Leopardi owes his fame. Among them are, among other things, some fables, which were widely published after his death. The fairy tale was a typically eighteenth-century genre, like others in which the writer practiced.”

Leopardi poems/fairy tales included in this publication are
          I Filosofi, E il Cane (The philosophers and the dog)
          L’Asino, E La Pecora (the donkey and the sheep)
          Il sole, el la luna (The sun, and the moon)
          l'ucello (the bird)
          la rosa, il Giglio, e il serpillo (the rose, the lily, and the serpent)
          il pastore, e la serpe (the shepherd, and the serpent)
          I fringuelli (the finches)

$250 (one Copy)

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Carnet de Voyage
By Piera Luisolo
Torino, Italy: Piera Luisolo, 2008. One-of-a-Kind.

10 x15 cm (3.9 x .5.9"); 14 pages, Watercolors and graphite. Handwritten image titles. Bound with decorated paper. Single cord wrapped over paper folds then over spine and knotted to serve as binding. Laid in wooden tray with tie closure. Signed and dated on the last page by the artist.

"Carnet de Voyage" was created by Piera Luisolo during a short stay in the cities of Vienna and Prague. The pages are brief line and watercolor impressions of architectural details captured while traveling between these two cities.

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Pigmenti Naturali
[Natural Pigments]
By Piera Luisolo
Torino, Italy: Atelier BiBi, 2013. One-of-a-Kind.

25 x 36 cm (9.8 x 14.2”); 9 loose leaves. Color tables painted on ledger sheets by Piera Luisolo with mineral colors (epidote, attapulgite, malachite, lands and ochres). Ledger pages pasted on lightweight card stock with Atelier BiBi stamp in a corner. Text handwritten in Italian. Some color samples are stapled to ledger pages. Leaves laid in portfolio with black ribbon tie closure. Titles and publication information printed on cover.

Piera Luisolo has produced a study of the pigments of antiquity their pictorial form. It is a sampler of nine colors in their many shades. She has accompanied the color swatches with text indicating such things as toxic. Luisolo says “Pigmenti Naturali” is “a Wunderkammer’s little treasure”.

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