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Mariano Fortuny

Born on 11 May 1871 in Granada, Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo was a famous painter, stylist, set designer and designer, son of a renowned family of Spanish artists. When he moved with his mother and sister to Paris, he took painting lessons with Benjamin Constant and sculpture lessons in Rodin's atelier: it was there he began to best express his talent. The definition of "artist" is not exhaustive enough to adequately describe his creativity and his artistic skills, which range from the world of fashion with its beautiful fabrics to those of theater, design, architecture, and photography. His outstanding talent is clear in every creation. Among the most famous ones, in 1907 he conceived the Fortuny Lamp, still considered a contemporary and timeless icon: with this lamp, he revolutionized the stage lighting experimenting with a new indirect light system for the stage. Once he met his inspirational muse, Henriette Negrin, he moved to Venice in the house-atelier of Palazzo Orfei. Mariano Fortuny cultivated his timeless passion for fine arts and design until his death on May 2, 1949.

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