Art: Loafer With Heart

At 25, Marcello Muccini is one of Italy's best living artists, but until last week he never had a one-man show. The reason is that Muccini paints so little. A lean, troubled product of the same slum that produced his friend and fellow painter Vespignani (TIME, Jan. 29), Muccini often loafs for months on end. When he does work, as last week's exhibition proved, he puts his heart in it.

Nearly all of the twelve oils on display were done since Muccini's marriage last fall to a girl named Leda. Marriage takes money, so Muccini has stopped being "self-unemployed" and started working...

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