Description of obverse and reverse
Obverse: female bust with flower crown: detail from Floralia, fresco by Ettore De Maria Bergler (Palermo, Villa Igiea, Dance Hall); below, “A. MASINI”; around, “REPUBBLICA ITALIANA” in a dot-decorated frame.
Reverse: female figure dancing on a flower field with a floral garland: detail from Floralia, fresco by Ettore De Maria Bergler (Palermo, Villa Igiea, Dance Hall); on the left, in two lines, “20 / EURO;” on the right, “2016”; below, “R”; around, “FLORA – NELL’ARTE”.
A brief annotation
Contemporary art is well represented by the floral frescoes decorating Villa Igiea in Palermo, which were superbly painted by Ettore De Maria Bergler, an Italian artist who is considered to be the most important protagonist of early Twentieth century Liberty painting. Perfectly harmonizing with the architectural forms designed by Ernesto Basile, Bergler’s frescoes enrich the Dance Hall and masterly combine a refined linearity with an uncommon chromatic elegance.