A picture about war effort made by the “painter-soldier” Anselmo Bucci. This artist, who spent a part of his career in France, was a volunteer during the Great War, in the Battaglione dei Volontari Ciclisti Lombardi, with other artists such as Boccioni, Funi and Marinetti. This painting is dated 1917 and is currently displayed in the Gallerie d’Italia exhibition.
Loacted on the share of Como Lake, with its 30m heigth, it’s hard to miss the impressive war memorial of Como city, erected to celebrate the memory of the 650 men of this twon fallen during the Great War. This monument and its story is linked to one of them: Antonio Sant’Elia, a young architect and one of the early members of the first generation of Futurist artists.
The idea of such a monument is inspired by one of his projects, which was for a hydroelectric power station. After the war, Tommaso Marinetti convinced local authorities to erect a lantern-tower based on Sant’Elia’s sketches, with some changes and improvements added by Futurist painter Enrico Prampolini. The latter asked then the support of the famous architect Giuseppe Terragni. The monument was finally inaugurated on November 4, 1933.