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vintage Italian poster Inchiostri G. Diletti c.1910

This glowing vintage poster, in the Italian Liberty-style (akin to the more famous French Art Nouveau-style), from the era of the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, is a thing of beauty, to be sure. But it is also a hidden treasure-trove of ironies and whimsies to dedicate some reflection.
At its most accessible dimension, we have a young patrician woman about to write a letter. The glamor of the design draws us to the subject of a lover, living in another locale; though perhaps (less romantically) corresponding from the same town. She is captured here while collecting her thoughts to do justice to the connection. The ink being promoted does not get into action, but a mint-full of medals at the work's base attests to the indispensability of such communication.
Moreover, there is, I think, something timeless about the ceremony of writing which translates across many forms of production. The framing arabesques bring us right home to the urgency of organic viability. Truth of the heart by means of vintage poster genius. The verdant backdrop, sustaining the grey modesty becomes emphatic by the mauve dress and black tresses.

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