Via Ampere 1936, 1970
pencil and colored pencil on paper
Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense
Gift of The Saul Steinberg Foundation
A tribute Steinberg pays to his Milanese past is central to two of the most famous works in the donation, both dated 1970: Milano 1938 and Via Ampere 1936, both published in his “Italy–1938” portfolio in the October 7, 1974 issue of The New Yorker. Again, in both cases, it is memory that guides Steinberg in his drawings of buildings—the Palazzo di Giustizia—or a corner of a certain neighborhood—the Città degli Studi—rather than factual architectural details.