Art Term

Il Novecento Italiano

Il Novecento Italiano was an Italian group formed in 1922 with the aim of reviving the tradition of large format history painting and sculpture in the classical manner

Giorgio de Chirico, ‘The Painter’s Family’ 1926
Giorgio de Chirico
The Painter’s Family 1926
Tate
© DACS, 2017

The group was formed by artists Achille Funi, Mario Sironi, Carlo Carrá and others. It was officially launched in 1923 at a meeting in Milan, with Mussolini as one of the speakers. Mussolini was the founder of the Italian Fascist Party and in 1922 seized power to become dictator of Italy.

After being represented at the Venice Biennale of 1924 the group split and was reformed. The new Novecento Italiano staged its first group exhibition in Milan in 1926. The group supported fascism and its work became associated with the state propaganda department.

Selected artworks in the collection