Benedetta Cappa

Italian writer and painter (1897-1977)

Benedetta Cappa (14 August 1897 – 15 May 1977) was an Italian futurist artist. She had exhibitions at the Walker Art Center and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.[1]

Benedetta Cappa
Marinetti and Benedetta.jpg
Benedetta and Marinetti, March 18, 1937
Born14 August 1897
Died15 May 1977(1977-05-15) (aged 79)
Venice, Italy
OccupationItalian painter
Spouse(s)Filippo Tommaso Marinetti


Cappa was born on 14 August 1897 in Rome, Italy. She became very interested in Futurism while studying under one of the movement's leading figures, Giacomo Balla, in Rome in 1917.[2] She married Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in 1923 and they had three daughters: Vittoria, Ala and Luce.[1] Cappa, now using her married name Benedetta Cappa Marinetti, was the first woman artist to have her work featured in the 1930 Biennale catalog.[3] This was a large-scale art exhibition held every two years. In 1932 she presented seven paintings at the Venice Biennale.[4] She exhibited at the Petit Palais in Paris in 1935 and the national art exhibition in Rome the same year.[4] She was a leading artist in the Futurism movement.[4]

Cappa died on 15 May 1977 in Venice, Italy at age 79.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Donadio, Rachel (21 January 2014). "Guggenheim Is to Show Rare Murals by a Futurist". The New York Times. p. C1. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  2. "La Futurista: Benedetta Cappa Marinetti (1917-1944)". Walker Art Gallery. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  3. "Benedetta Cappa Marinetti; La donna che contribuì a far conoscere il Futurismo all'estero". ArtsLife. 13 February 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 di Luce Marinetti Barbi (1988). "CAPPA, Benedetta". Treccani. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani - Volume 34 (1988). Retrieved 19 October 2015.