“The Child’s Room”: Antonio Rubino

The first floor concludes with the reconstruction of a child’s bedroom by Antonio Rubino. Painter, illustrator, and poet, Rubino dedicated most of his artistic work to the theme of childhood. His adventure in the world of children began in 1908 when he founded Il Corriere dei Piccoli, perhaps the most popular children’s magazine of its time. Having developed within the culture of symbolism and Art Nouveau, he brilliantly interpreted this style in his illustrations, later adapting his poetics to the iconographic models of the triumphant Art Deco style. The child’s room in the Wolfsoniana was designed sometime around 1924. The furniture has a linear design and the decorations are very uniform, both in the three painted panels, and in the individual furnishing elements, notable among which are two small anthropomorphic chairs resembling seated children.