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    The Hidden Fortress (I.N.D.I.E.F., 1959). Signed Original Gouache Painting Poster Art on Paper (18" X 26") Luigi Martinati Artwork.
    Born in Italy in 1893, by the time Luigi Martinati was in his late teens he was working in the world of advertising in Rome. His first movie poster efforts were from the early 1920s, but he didn't hit his stride until the early 1930s. Known today as one of the masters of Italian movie posters artists, he and his contemporaries, Anselmo Ballester, Alfredo Capitani, Brini and others would create the greatest of poster art throughout the 1930s through the 1950s. Martinati's main contribution to the art was the use of the large portrait of the star as the central element and surrounded by smaller scenic vignettes, as so brilliantly seen in this art. For the Italian 2 fogli (39" X 55"), this gouache painting was done for the first release of Akira Kurosawa's classic The Hidden Fortress, showing Toshiro Mifune in full force as Misa Uehara, as Princess Yuki, looks on. There is corner bending in the upper left and a puncture in the art above Mifune's head. There is some creasing in the bottom right corner and a small tear in the left border. Original Italian art of this period is very scarce and this is an opportunity of a lifetime. Fine/Very Fine.


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