• Short Summary

    A NINE-YEAR-OLD ITALIAN BOY HAS CAUSED A FLURRY OF EXCITEMENT IN ART CIRCLES. YOUNG MICHAEL?

  • Description

    A NINE-YEAR-OLD ITALIAN BOY HAS CAUSED A FLURRY OF EXCITEMENT IN ART CIRCLES. YOUNG MICHAEL DE LUCA, THE SON OF A VILLAGE BUTCHER, HAS BEEN HAILED AS AN 'ENFANT PRODIGE' FOR HIS PAINTINGS.

    MICHAEL COMES FROM THE PITELLI, A VILLAGE NEAR LA SPEZIA ON THE NORTH-WEST ITALIAN RIVIERA. HE SPECIALISES IN LANDSCAPES IN AND AROUND PITELLI.

    ALREADY, HE HAS HAD ONE EXHIBITION, WHICH ATTRACTED ART CRITICS AND VISITORS FROM ALL OVER THE LIGURIAN AND TUSCANY REGIONS.

    HIS SUCCESS WAS DISCOVERED QUITE BY CHANCE -- BY HIS FATHER. SIGNOR DE LUCA WAS BROWSING THROUGH MICHAEL'S SCRAP BOOK SEVERAL MONTHS AGO. THE BOOK WAS SPRINKLED WITH DRAWINGS, THE QUALITY OF WHICH AMAZED SIGNOR DE LUCA.

    FROM THAT MOMENT ON, HE OFFERED EVERY ENCOURAGEMENT TO HIS SON TO KEEP UP HIS HOBBY. ART TEACHERS GOT TO HEAR OF MICHAEL'S TALENT, AND OFFERED FURTHER ENCOURAGEMENT IN THE WAY OF EASELS, CANVASSES, OIL PAINTS AND BRUSHES.

    MICHAEL TOOK TO THE NEARBY HILLS AND THE CLIFFS OVERLOOKING THE SEA, AND WAS SOON TURNING OUT DOZENS OF PAINTINGS. SO MANY THAT HIS FATHER DECIDED IT WAS THE TIME FOR HIS FIRST ART SHOW.

    THE BIG OBSTACLE, HOWEVER, WAS FINANCE. SIGNOR DE LUCA DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO HIRE THE VILLAGE HALL, SO HE CONVERTED THE BACK OF HIS BUTCHER'S SHOP INTO A GALLERY.

    THE EXHIBITION WAS NOT ONLY A SUCCESS FOR YOUNG MICHAEL, BUT ALSO FOR HIS FATHER. HIS MEAT TRADE BOOMED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7PI233E12REKQL69WSCEADQQQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA7PI233E12REKQL69WSCEADQQQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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