FIVE READS: Speak Italian: The Fine Art of the Gesture.

Bruno Munari was an Italian designer who created works in painting, sculpture, and film as well as industrial and graphic design. He wrote books on “Design as Art” (1966) as well as children’s books (The Elephant's Wish, 1945). But today, we present to you, Speak Italian: The Fine Art of the Gesture— a guide to Italians’ expressive nonverbal communication. The lighthearted manual was  originally published in 1958 as a supplement to the Italian dictionary, inspired by The Ancients’ Mimic Through the Neapolitan Gestures, the first collection of gestures made by Canon Andrea de Jorio in 1832.

A big tip of the hat to Brain Pickings which has written much about Munari and is the source of the images below. You can buy the book here.

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