(Alberto Cavallari’s cover for 1972 edition (Galassia 178) of the anthology The Dark of the Soul (1970), ed. Don Ward)
As my 60s/70s Italian SF art explorations continue on both my site (here and here) and on twitter (@SFRuminations), I’ve come to the conclusion that Italy’s SF easily ranks among the most appealing (at least to me) graphic explorations of the dynamic genre. For most fans of SF art, one name will immediately spring to mind (in part because he created a few covers for American editions)—the masterful Karel Thole. However, I am increasingly impressed by less known Italian artists brought in for shorter periods of time by the Italian press Galassia. This post will focus on one of those figures—Alberto Cavallari.
By my count Alberto Cavallari created five covers for Galassia between the years 1972 and 1973. I am having trouble reconciling the differing style of the one above with the four below despite the Internet Speculative Fiction Database‘s attribution. I will have to research a bit more online to say for certain they’re the same artist….
But to the art!
His cover for Galassia 177 might be my favorite of the bunch due to its layout and color scheme — the window framing a series of strange shapes, including a red(dish) human figure (who appears in multiple of his covers), and a clutching “hand” or “shrouded figure” almost punching through the canvas, creating a textured “tear”.
Close behind is his cover for Galassia 178 (if it is his at all)—the city under construction, the metallic beast framing the scene, the Renaissance art homage “feel” of the landscape and city… Beautiful.
For more adventures in cover art consult the INDEX
(Alberto Cavallari’s cover for 1972 edition (Galassia 177) of The E.S.P. Worm (1970), Piers Anthony and Robert E. Margroff)
(Alberto Cavallari’s cover for the 1st edition (Galassia 191) of La sepoltura (1973), Gianni Montanari)
(Alberto Cavallari’s cover for 1973 edition (Galassia 189) of Masque World (1969), Alexei Panshin)
(Alberto Cavallari’s cover for 1973 edition (Galassia 187) of The Da Vinci Machine (1968), Earl Conrad)