The destiny of the art and artefacts
in The cult of the Duce
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This chapter examines the two aspects of the destiny of the art depicting Benito Mussolini. It explores post-war exhibitions featuring the work of artists, many associated with Futurism. The chapter describes the long-range influence of the Profilo continuo del DUCE by the Tuscan sculptor Renato Bertelli. It shows the chronology of resurgence of interest in Fascist art and images of the Duce. While many busts, paintings and other artefacts were destroyed or stolen in the turbulent period between 1943 and 1945, others were simply consigned to deposits or private collections. The appropriation by contemporary artists and designers of iconic images of Mussolini in a new context, are important in understanding the political and cultural obstacles to an open discussion of Fascism and its legacy on Italian art and culture. In the new millennium it seems acceptable to display images of Mussolini and the arts and artists of the regime.

The cult of the Duce

Mussolini and the Italians

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