A while back, I posted a blog about a book I had found that contained illustrations by Serafini (here is the link, if you’re really that bored: Etimologiario Post #1 ). Due to my laziness, I never got around to adding the promised follow-up post with all of the illustrations in it. A quick recap: the book is called Etimologiario by Maria Sebregondi and published by Longanesi, the same publisher who put out the Pulcinellopeida (Piccola). It was originally published in 1988, and it was reprinted by a different publisher in 2003, although I don’t know if that new edition has the Serafini illustrations or not. The book is a small 16mo paperback, a far cry from the deluxe publication of the Codex or even the large-format Pulcinellopedia. I have sent a couple excerpts to an Italian-speaking friend of a friend, although I haven’t heard anything back, so I still have very little idea what this book is about. This is familiar Serafini territory, however, since nothing he has ever done has ever had any sort of text to explain the image. And, in typical Serafini fashion, these illustrations speak for themselves with the same tortured internal logic his fans would expect.
They are recognizable as Serafini illustrations at first glance, using the same pencil technique as the Pulcinellopedia, with only the cover illustration being in color. It is interesting that this book and his other illustration work has pretty much been swept under the rug, while all the other facets of his artistic output have been chronicled in various design anthologies and the Luna-PAC Serafini book. I’m still holding out for a copy of In the Penal Colony, but that’s not something I expect to find anytime soon.
Anyway, enough rambling… here are the illustrations, which – to my knowledge – are making their grand debut on the internet. Enjoy!