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Luzzati, Italian set designer and Oscar-nominated director of animated movies, dies

Luzzati, Italian set designer and Oscar-nominated director of animated movies, dies

Italian artist Emanuele Luzzati, a set designer and Oscar-nominated director of animated films, has died in his home in Genoa, officials said Saturday. He was 85.
Luzzati died after falling ill Friday evening, said Laura Grendanin, a spokeswoman for a museum dedicated to Luzzati in his native city. The cause of the death was not disclosed.
Luzzati is best known for the colorful, dreamlike style of his work, marked by creative images that seemed to be taken out of children's fables. "He spoke the universal language of childhood," wrote the museum's Web site.
Luzzati designed set and costumes for stage productions and operas, including for Milan's La Scala and England's Glyndebourne Festival. In 1963, he designed the set for Mozart's "The Magic Flute." Fifteen years later, he turned the opera into a cartoon that remains one of his most famous works.
But it was with two other animated films that he won Oscar nominations: Rossini's "The Thieving Magpie" (1964) and "Pulcinella" (1973), according to a biography released by the museum.
Born on June 3, 1921 into a Jewish family, Luzzati moved to Switzerland after Benito Mussolini's Fascist regime passed racial laws in 1938. He attended the School of Fine Arts in Lausanne.
After World War II he returned to Italy and began professional work as a set designer in Milan. In the 1950s, he intensified his work as a ceramist, creating bas-reliefs and columns that helped establish him as one of Italy's leading artists in the field.
In 1972, he exhibited at the Venice Biennale, while in 1993 an exhibition dedicated to his work as set designer was held at the Pompidou Center museum of contemporary art in Paris.
A versatile artist, Luzzati did illustrations for children's books, decorations for cruise ships, as well as paintings and sculptures.
Luzzati was not married and had no children. A private funeral was planned for Monday, Grendanin said. Luzzati had been scheduled to receive an award given by Genoa's city hall on Saturday, and the city was dedicating a memorial service to him.
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On the Net:
http://www.museoluzzati.it


Updated : 2021-05-09 04:47 GMT+08:00