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Locatelli: The Artist Who Disappeared

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John Seed tells the story of little known Italian painter Romualdo Locatelli who " disappeared while bird hunting in Rizal, north of Manila, never to be seen again."  Locatelli's disappearance in 1943 at the height of World War II is intriguing as is his exotic painting career that took him to Bali then on to Axis controlled Philippines. 

Though presumed dead Locatelli's family "consider [his disappearance] and open matter" since no trace of the artist was found.  It is tempting to wonder if Locatelli became a real life Pietro Spina, the revolutionary who 'disappeared' living his life disguised as priest Don Paolo Spada in Ignazio Silone's novel Bread and Wine.

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