Marinetti, Benedetta Cappa (1897–1977)

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Marinetti, Benedetta Cappa (1897–1977)

Italian essayist and painter. Name variations: Benedetta; Benedetta Cappa. Born Benedetta Cappa, Aug 14, 1897, in Rome, Italy; died in Venice in 1977; sister of Arturo Cappa; studied painting with Giacomo Balla; m. F(ilippo) T. Marinetti (father of futurism), 1923 (died 1944); children: 3 daughters, Vittoria (b. 1927), Ala (b. 1928), and Luce (b. 1932).

Proponent of Futurism, produced 2 bodies of work for the movement, in painting and literature; with husband, worked on developing the theory of "Tactilism" and experimented with collage and mixed media to create tactile works; regularly exhibited paintings, notably at Venice Biennale (1926, 1930, 1934, 1936) and Rome Quadrienniale; became a leader in the Futurist Aeropittura style of painting; wrote 1st experimental novel, Le forze umane (Human Forces, 1924); other works include Viaggio di Gararà (Garara's Journey, 1931), and Astra eil sottomarino (Astra and the Submarine, 1935).