(b Milan, May 28, 1908; d Milan, Feb 25, 1998).
Italian photographer, painter and designer. He studied with the painter Carmelo Violante and the critic Raffaello Giolli (1889–1945) in 1924. At the beginning of the 1930s he was in Paris, where he frequented the atelier of Fernand Léger and was involved with avant-garde art circles, particularly the group Abstraction-Création, of which he was a member. He also followed closely the activities of the Bauhaus, especially the graphic designs and systematic colour experimentation of László Moholy-Nagy. Veronesi undertook similar explorations as part of his ongoing scientific and aesthetic research.
From his youth photography was an important part of Veronesi’s activity, beginning with the innovative abstract photograms and continuing with the conventional photography he sometimes used in graphic and publicity design. In 1932 he exhibited his first abstract works in the Galleria Il Milione in Milan; they were in stark contrast to the art of the Fascist regime then in vogue. Veronesi also worked on both experimental and scientific films. As a photographer he explored a variety of photographic techniques, including photograms, solarization and photomontage, always with a view to exploiting the creative and expressive potential of the medium. He was particularly interested in the interpenetration of forms, making rigorous geometrical compositions from single transparent elements....