Bruno Munari (1907-1998) was many wonderful things, and his children’s and adult books bear this out. He worked in Italy throughout the war. Munari was never political, and did not belong to the Fascist party, but he had a curious relationship to the Futurists that was a foundation for his later art. He was successful in advertising and design in the 1930s and 1940s but never gave up on painting. He is less known for his commercial work than his “art” and theories about art. But during the Mussolini years he was productive combining art and illustration. Here are a couple covers from La Lettura magazine (1940 and 1936).