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Leopoldo Mtetlicovitz (1868-1944)

Italian illustrator

was Hohensteinís greatest pupil. An Italian of Serbian descent, Metlicovitz came to Ricordi as a lithographerís assistant in 1891, and within a year became its technical director. He went on to become Ricordiís most prolific artist and its artistic director after Hohenstein left the firm.

Many of Metlicovitzís greatest posters were allegorical. His prize-winning design for the 1906 International Exposition, which marked the opening of a locomotive tunnel through the Alps, is a dramatic portrayal of Mercury riding the engine on its maiden voyage. His spectacular image of Mercury racing alongside a speeding automobile for his Mostra del Ciclo e dell Automobile (1907) is likewise a masterpiece of poster art.