1 1/2 x 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (3.8 x 50.2 x 50.2 cm)
Gift of Cleto Munari, 1988
Not on view
Although trained as an architect, Bellini is known less for his buildings than for his product design. This tea and coffee service, a prototype for the silversmith Cleto Munari, reveals Bellini's strong architectural background. All of the elements are reduced to minimal geometry: squares, circles, cylinders, a hemisphere. Postmodernist designers often refer to a classical past through the use of historical detail. Bellini however, suggests the discipline of classical architecture through form alone, without using any sort of conventional ornament.
Cleto Munari, Vincenza, Italy (until 1988; gift to MMA)
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