The Light in Between
The true story of a Princess and a Futurist painter who fell passionately, and tragically, in love
This is the story of the tragically short-lived affair between the married Italian Princess Vittoria Colonna and the major Futurist painter Umberto Boccioni, who fell passionately in love during the First World War. They met in June 1916, and their relationship was as intense as it was brief: only weeks later, Boccioni died during a cavalry training exercise, the last letter from Vittoria in his pocket. Their fascinating correspondence – rediscovered after almost a century – is all that remains of the passionate love between a restless noblewoman and a tormented painter. Through their letters, Chia not only tells the timeless story of a great love, but also fashions a compelling portrait of a remote world and time.
Translated by Howard Curtis
Cover illustration by Frank Weston Benson
Published 01 December 2012