Giorgio Morandi was one of Italy's greatest 20th-century artists.
A new exhibition at Ferrara's Palazzo dei Diamanti, running until June 2, offers visitors a comprehensive overview of these prints, which were a lifelong subject of fascination for Morandi.
Morandi was born in Bologna, Italy. In 1907 he went to study at the Accademia di Belle Arti. The school, which based its traditions on 14th-century painting is where he taught himself to etch by studying books on Rembrandt. The works of his formative years show him experimenting with a style related to CÚzanne and to Cubism, with a brief digression into a Futurist style in 1914.
A Metaphysical painting (Pittura Metafisica) phase in Morandi's work lasted from 1918 to 1922.
Morandi showed in the Novecento Italiano exhibitions of 1926 and 1929, but was more specifically associated with the regionalist Strapaese group by the end of the decade, a fascist-influenced group emphasizing local cultural traditions.
Throughout his career, Morandi concentrated almost exclusively on still lifes and landscapes, except for a few self-portraits.