These wordless creatures…

from Francesca Bertini's home:  herself in Il processo Clémenceau (1917)
from Francesca Bertini’s home around 1970: herself in Il processo Clémenceau (1917)

These wordless creatures who had to communicate their feelings with gestures, with the plasticity of their person and with their gaze, they remained at an invulnerable, inaccessible distance, beyond reality and shrouded in poetry and mystery. Such a product could only have arisen in a country with the cult of beauty.
Aldo Palazzeschi (Francesca Bertini’s autobiography, Il resto non conta, Giardini Pisa 1969)