Lower Sixth pupils studying Italian enjoyed a trip to the Estorick Collection in Islington on Thursday 9th June.
We were treated to a challenging talk in Italian about futurism which made fascinating connections between the futurist movement and the birth of fascism, touching on artists such as Boccioni, Balla, Severini and Russolo, as well as the futurist leader Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. We also appreciated an exhibition on the Ukrainian-born sculptor Archipenko, who drew more heavily on cubism and had a huge influence on the Italian avantgarde at the time.
The museum visit was followed by a delicious Italian lunch, with orecchiette agli asparagi and tagliolini al cacio e pepe. We returned via Kensington’s Italian book shop and made our way back to Marlborough by train, each of us clutching a tome in Italian on the history of art or a work by Calvino, Dante, or the journalist Beppe Severgnini.
Head of Italian