"Until now I have never really lived!" exclaimed the infamous Italian writer, soldier, and nationalist Gabriele D'Annunzio in 1909, upon his first airplane flight. Aviation blossomed in Italy the next year, with the first air show at Brescia, and became a national obsession during World War I, at the end of which 12,000 airplanes had been built. Planespotting: Italian Aviation Posters, 1910-1943, at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art in London through April 28, chronicles this rise in 44 boldly graphic and often gently affecting designs that were produced for both civil and military aviation.
Italian aviation posters