Cloisonné Artistic Glass

Poster
1899 (printed)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Colour lithograph
Brief Description
A print poster for Cloisonné stained glass, designed by Adolf Hohenstein, printed by G. Ricordi & Co., Milan, 1899
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.
Dimensions
  • Height: 92.8cm
  • Width: 63.6cm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
'Cloisonné Artistic Glass' (top right-hand corner)
Gallery Label
'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)
Object history
This poster advertises stained glass by Luigi Fontana & Co., of Milan.
Historical context
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.
Subjects depicted
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
E.282-1982

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