Paola Levi-Montalcini

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Paola Levi-Montalcini
Born 22 April 1909
Turin, Italy
Died 29 September 2000(2000-09-29) (aged 91)
Rome, Italy
Occupation painter
Parent(s) Amado Levi
Adele Montalcini
Relatives Rita Levi-Montalcini
(twin sister)
Gino Levi-Montalcini

Paola Levi-Montalcini (22 April 1909 – 29 September 2000) was an Italian painter.

Personal life[edit]

She was born in Turin, Italy to parents Amado Levi and Adele Montalcini who were Sephardi Jews.[1] She was one of four children. Her fraternal twin sister was the neurologist Rita Levi-Montalcini, who won the Nobel Prize in 1986 in medicine.[2] She also had an older brother, Gino, an engineer and architect,[3] and an older sister, Anna (Nina).[1]

Relationships and influences[edit]

In the late 1920s she studied under Felice Casorati.[3]

Giorgio de Chirico wrote the first monograph on Levi-Montalcini in 1939, noting "her preferences for solid construction, large surfaces . . . and tendency to draw attention to the fantastic aspect of reality".[3] She studied engraving with Stanley William Hayter following World War II. Hayter also trained her in automatic writing and gestural abstraction.[3]


  1. ^ a b Marilyn Bailey Ogilvie; Joy D. Harvey (2000). The Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science: Pioneering Lives from Ancient Times to the Mid-20 Th Century. Taylor & Francis. pp. 779–. ISBN 978-0-415-92040-7. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "PAOLA LEVI-MONTALCINI". Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved December 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Vivian B. Mann; N. Y.) Jewish Museum (New York (1989). Gardens and Ghettos: The Art of Jewish Life in Italy. University of California Press. p. 336. ISBN 978-0-520-06825-4. Retrieved 31 December 2012.