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Poster - Cloisonné Artistic Glass
  • Cloisonné Artistic Glass
    Hohenstein, Adolf Adolfo, Adolph, born 1854
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Cloisonné Artistic Glass

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Milan (printed)

  • Date:

    1899 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hohenstein, Adolf Adolfo, Adolph, born 1854 (artist)
    G. Ricordi & Co. (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Museum number:

    E.282-1982

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2F, shelf DR106

This poster is an advertising poster for Cloisonné Glass and it shows a woman looking up at a stained glass window, with a nativity scene with the Virgin Mary, infant Christ and the magi.

The designer of this poster, Adolf Hohenstein, was a leading figure in the development of Italian poster design. Born in Russia, of German parentage, Hohenstein moved to Italy in 1889, and began working as artistic director for the printers G. Ricordi & Co in Milan. He was influenced by French Art Nouveau, and his designs are characterised by bold composition and rich colouring. He attracted other major design talents in Italy, such as Giovanni Mataloni and Leopoldo Metlicovitz, to work for Ricordi & Co.

Physical description

A poster showing a woman holding a bunch of blue flowers, looking up at a lit stained glass window. The window has a scene with baby Jesus being held by the Virgin Mary, with the magi.

Place of Origin

Milan (printed)

Date

1899 (printed)

Artist/maker

Hohenstein, Adolf Adolfo, Adolph, born 1854 (artist)
G. Ricordi & Co. (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'Cloisonné Artistic Glass'
top right-hand corner

Dimensions

Height: 92.8 cm, Width: 63.6 cm

Object history note

This poster advertises stained glass by Luigi Fontana & Co., of Milan.

Historical context note

Adolf Hohenstein was born in Russia of German origin, but moved to Italy in about 1889, where he became artistic director of the printers G. Ricordi and Co. of Milan and a leading and prolific figure in the development of the Italian poster.Influenced by French Art Nouveau, his designs are characterized by bold composition and rich colouring. He attracted other major talents in Italy - such as Giovanni Mataloni and Leopoldo Metlicovitz - to design posters for Ricordi.

Descriptive line

A print poster for Cloisonné stained glass, designed by Adolf Hohenstein, printed by G. Ricordi & Co., Milan, 1899

Labels and date

'American and European Art and Design 1800-1900'

This poster advertises stained glass by Luigi Fontana & Co., of Milan. Its designer, Adolf Hohenstein, was born in Russia of German origin, but moved to Italy in about 1889, where he became artistic director of the printers G. Ricordi and Co. of Milan and a leading and prolific figure in the development of the Italian poster.Influenced by French Art Nouveau, his designs are characterized by bold composition and rich colouring. He attracted other major talents in Italy - such as Giovanni Mataloni and Leopoldo Metlicovitz - to design posters for Ricordi. [1987-2006]

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Flowers (plants); Magi; Stained glass

Categories

Prints; Advertising; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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