Marco Lusini

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One of Lusini's later works, reflecting his theme of the female form.

Marco Lusini (Siena 8 September 1936 - Florence 3 October 1989) was an Italian artist who worked in painting, sculpture, photography, and poetry. Born in Siena, he attended art school before relocating to Florence in 1960.[1][2] Here, he involved himself in the "Bazzechi" photographic studio before becoming well known as a painter. He actively contributed to the city's cultural life, thereby becoming a friend and collaborator to such writers and poets as Mario Luzi, Alessandro Parronchi, Elvio Natali, Piero Santi, Elio Filippo Accrocca, Enzo Carli, Alfonso Gatto, Giulio Guberti, Franco Solmi, Carlo Segala, and Claudio Spadoni. He achieved fame throughout Italy and internationally.[citation needed]

Italian poet Mario Luzi opined that the "intense figurations of extraneousness and undeception" of Lusini's earlier work allowed the viewer to "let us know him".[3] Luzi contrasted this with some of Lusini's later work, which he thought carried with it "a new utmost feeling of expectation and perhaps even something more... the very acute sense of the imminence of a final event".[3]

The art critic Elvio Natali noted that the "one unfailing subject" which recurred throughout Lusini's work was "The human image, whether it is a woman's image or a man's image, often asexual, as a symbol of a common, undifferentiated destiny."[4] He nevertheless noted that Lusini's work went through several cycles, among them "Lovers", "Mysterious figures", "Homage to Brecht", "Object Woman", and "Oneiric Landscapes".[4]

In 1978, Lusini exhibited his work in Miami, Florida.[5][6][7] Following Lusini's death, Gerhard Gruitrooy devoted his paper on Giovanni Battista Naldini to Lusini's memory in volume seventeen of The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal.[8]


  1. ^ George Palovich. "An Introduction to Prints Collected by West Valley Art Museum" (PDF). 
  2. ^ Bolaffi Dictionary of Artists of the Italian XX Century. Rome: Archive Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna. 
  3. ^ a b Luzi 1982, p. 5
  4. ^ a b Luzi 1982, p. 11
  5. ^ Connie Bishop (19 October 1978). "Italian Artist Exhibits". The New Tribune. 
  6. ^ Richard Ryan (9 November 1978). "Italian Painter in Port St. Lucie". The Mirror. 
  7. ^ Debi Witaschek (27 October 1978). "Lusini in Miami". The Stuar News Pastime. 
  8. ^ Gerhard Gruitrooy. "A New Drawing by Giovanni Battista Naldini". The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal. 17: 15. JSTOR 4166589. 


  • Luzi, Mario (1982), Marco Lusini. Profile Critico di E Natali, Ravenna: Stear 

Further reading[edit]

  • Catalogues of the Instituto D'Arte Tedesco Germanico per l’Arte Italiana del Novecento-Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence
  • Catalogo Nazionale Bolaffi d'Arte Moderna volumes 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16
  • Catalogo "Bolaffi" Grafica numbers 8, 9, and 10.
  • "Giornale del Mattino" (19.06.1964): La figura di Lusini – Alessandro Parronchi (1972) Presentazione alla Mostra nel Castello dei Conti Guidi, Città di Vinci (Firenze)
  • "L'Unità" (20.10.1972): Le figure di Lusini, Mostra nel Castello dei Conti Guidi, Città di Vinci
  • "La Nazione" (Aprile 1972 ) - "Il Giornale d'Italia" (10.02.1973) – Alessandro Parronchi (03.02.1973): Per la Mostra di Verona - "Il Gazzettino di Verona (Febbraio 1973)
  • "In Galleria" a cura di Piero Santi – Mario Luzi (1980) Presentazione – Enzo Carli: Testimonianza per Marco Lusini (Settembre 1981)
  • Elvio Natali, "Corriere delle Arti" (Dicembre 1981): I Paesaggi fantastici di Marco Lusini
  • Riccardo Belloni: Lusini è un Astronauta, “Corriere di Romagna” (28.11.1981) –
  • Enzo Carli, “Il Nuovo Ravennate” (Novembre 1981).
  • M.V.: Un ricordo del pittore senese Marco Lusini: Nell’arte la sua passione per la vita, “La Nazione” (01.10.1992)

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