Il Frontespizio

Il Frontespizio (meaning The Frontispiece in English) was an Italian art and literary magazine, which had a Catholic perspective. The magazine existed between 1929 and 1940.

Il Frontespizio
CategoriesLiterary magazine
FounderEnrico Lucatello
Piero Bargellini
Year founded1929
Final issue1940
Based inFlorence

History and profileEdit

Il Frontespizio was first published in May 1929.[1] The founders were Enrico Lucatello and Piero Bargellini.[2] Giovanni Papini was also instrumental in the establishment of the magazine.[3] The headquarters of Il Frontespizio was in Florence.[4][5] From August 1929 the magazine became monthly, but it rarely published double issues.[1] Vallecchi was the publisher of the magazine from July 1930 to its closure in 1940.[4]

The founding editor was Enrico Lucatello, who was succeeded by Piero Bargellini in the post.[1][6] Although it targeted Catholic intellectuals, who had been alienated from public life since the Unification of Italy in 1861,[4] the goal of the magazine was not to disseminate Catholic art.[1] Instead, it aimed at being an alternative to avant-gardism and fascist culture in Italy.[4] In addition, Il Frontespizio adopted an anti-Semitic approach.[7] The magazine started the Hermetic poetry in Italy[4] through the work by Carlo Bo, a literary critic, Mario Luzi and Piero Bigongiari.[8] Giuseppe de Luca, a priest, was among the regular contributors.[4] The magazine also covered the work by Italian sculptures, including Bartolini, Carlo Carrà, Felice Casorati, De Pisis, Mino Maccari, Manzu, Giorgio Morandi, Ottone Rosai, Semeghini, Severini, Soffici, and Lorenzo Viani.[9]

Il Frontespizio is the recipient of the best graphic work award at the Milan Triennale in 1935.[4] The magazine ended publication in 1940.[5][9]


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  2. ^ Leona Rittner; W. Scott Haine (3 March 2016). The Thinking Space: The Café as a Cultural Institution in Paris, Italy and Vienna. Routledge. p. 190. ISBN 978-1-317-01414-0.
  3. ^ Mark Gilbert; Robert K. Nilsson (20 April 2010). The A to Z of Modern Italy. Scarecrow Press. p. 315. ISBN 978-1-4616-7202-9.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Mariana Aguirre (2009). "The Return to Order in Florence: Il Selvaggio (1924-43), Il Frontespizio (1929-40), Pègaso (1929-33), Campo di Marte (1938-9)". In Peter Brooker; Sascha Bru; Andrew Thacker; Christian Weikop (eds.). The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines. Oxford Critical Cultural Histo. Oxford University Press. p. 491. ISBN 978-0-19-965958-6.
  5. ^ a b "Frontespizio, Il". Treccani. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  6. ^ Elia Celestina Della Chiesa (8 February 2007). "An interview with Antonina Bargellini". The Florentine. No. 49. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  7. ^ Lynn M. Gunzberg (30 December 1992). Strangers at Home: Jews in the Italian Literary Imagination. University of California Press. p. 244. ISBN 978-0-520-91258-8.
  8. ^ Maria Belén Hernández-González (2016). "The Construction of the Memory of Italy in Argentina through a Choice of Translated Essays". CALL: Irish Journal for Culture, Arts, Literature and Language. 1 (1).
  9. ^ a b "Il Frontespizio, rivista mensile - 1929-1940 Tutto il pubblicato". Ferraguti (in Italian). Retrieved 7 January 2017.