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

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  • Arturo Martini, 'Torso of a Young Man' 1928, cast 1928 or 1929
    Arturo Martini
    Torso of a Young Man 1928, cast 1928 or 1929
    displayed: 860 x 470 x 190 mm
    Purchased 1994© The estate of Arturo Martini
  • Giorgio Morandi, 'Still Life with Very Fine Hatching' 1933
    Giorgio Morandi
    Still Life with Very Fine Hatching 1933
    Etching on paper
    image: 248 x 238 mm
    Presented by Senor and Senora Jose Luis Plaza 1979© DACS, 2002
  • Giorgio de Chirico, 'The Painter's Family' 1926
    Giorgio de Chirico
    The Painter's Family 1926
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1464 x 1149 mm
    frame: 1630 x 1320 x 80 mm
    Purchased 1951© DACS, 2002

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.