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Aeropittura, also called Aeropainting in English, was an art movement during the second generation of Italian Futurism, roughly lasting from 1929 to the late 1940s. This movement emerged during the aftermath of World War I, reflecting the Futurists fascination with aviation and the transformative power of modern technology; which became one of the most important and newest topics in post-war Italian art.

The artists of the Aeropittura art movement sought to create an aesthetic that featured the most interesting elements of the new technologies of the time, particularly focusing on aeroplanes. Aeropittura art usually experimented with key elements like dynamism, speed and the portrayal of flight in their art; trying to make their static paintings look like they're moving[1]. So, Aeropittura is often portrayed from the "point of view of a bird", creating a sense of vertigo.

Aeropittura became officially an art movement in its own right when a group of eight Italian artists published the Perspectives of Flight in 1929, which was the manifesto of the Aeropittura art movement and its general ideas. That group of artists included; Benedetta Cappa, Fortunato Depero, Gerardo Dottori, Fillìa, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Enrico Prampolini, Mino Somenzi and Tato.

The term Aeropittura is a combination of the Italian words aero (from aeroplano; airplane) and pittura (painting).


Some visuals prominent in Aeropittura included:

  • Anything related to aeroplanes, new technologies and flight
  • Fragmented imagery
  • The colours of the Italian flag
  • Glorified portrayals of the Italian Air Force
  • Aerial battles
  • Landscapes inspired by Umbria, a region of Italy
  • Glorified portrayals of fascist political figures (often)
  • Glorified portrayals of Catholicism (sometimes)
  • A sense of movement, speed, vertigo and disorientation
  • Contrasting colours

Political Connotations[]

Aeropittura had a major focus on technology and aviation; which aligned with the Italian fascists' interests of militarizing, modernization and promoting extreme Italian nationalism in the country, just like the Futurism movement as a whole. Therefore, various Aeropittura artists considered themselves fascists and actively collaborated with the fascist regime, producing propagandandistic artworks that glorified politicians and dictators like Benito Mussolini or military factions like the Italian Air Force. Some artworks also were meant to persuade people into Catholicism. This has led to the art movement getting discredited for its heavy association with fascism, and some argue that it was purely a tool of propaganda; although not all Aeropittura artists were necessarily fascists. For example, some Aeropittura artworks were actually used as a way to express a sense of discontent with the regime and criticize it.



  • Fedele Azari
  • Giacomo Balla
  • Barbara
  • Uberto Bonetti
  • Benedetta Cappa
  • Giuseppe Caselli
  • Nino Costa
  • Tullio Crali
  • Giulio D'Anna
  • Fortunato Depero
  • Gerardo Dottori
  • Mino Delle Site
  • Leandra Angelucci Cominazzini
  • Fillìa
  • Sante Monachesi
  • Marisa Mori
  • Pippo Oriani
  • Osvaldo Peruzzi
  • Ugo Pozzo
  • Enrico Prampolini
  • Aldo Righetti
  • Mino Rosso
  • Mino Somenzi
  • Tato