‘The sleek flight of planes whose propellers chatter in the wind like banners’..

Aeropainting, or aeropittura, was called ‘the daughter of Fascist aviation and Italian futurism‘ by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, front man of the avant garde futurist movement which emphasised everything that was fast, young, modern, vigorous and violent.  Propelled by Italy’s military preeminence in aviation, aeropittura shifted the Futurist gaze skywards, offering startling and disconcerting perspectives to the viewer and glorifying fast, sleek, polished aerial machines and their pilots.

In the example above, Aerial Battle over the Gulf of Naples or Infernal Battle over the Paradise of the Gulf, Gerardo Dottori imagines a violent dog fight high above an idyllic, peaceful and sunlit Naples set against a dark cloud of dust thrown up by an erupting Vesuvius.

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