Martini (1876-1954) produced an estimable body of affectedly morbid prints, illustrations and other graphic work. With his feeling for the grotesque and the macabre, his work sometimes seems more akin to German than Italian art.
In later years he concentrated more on painting - his canvases, which are poorly represented on-line (although there are a few here) often partook of a pastel-tinted surrealism, a style which, to be fair, Martini cultivated independently of the Surrealist movement proper.
Martini’s Poe illustrations are the subject of a typically sumptuous volume published by Franco Maria Ricci of Milan, which is how I found out about them. Martini also illustrated Dante and Shakespeare, amongst others.
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