Art: Engineer's Boy

Locomotive Engineer Luigi Cremonini, who flies from Rome to Milan, is an art-minded man, and his fellow workers call him "the Professor." During station stops he makes a habit of sketching in his cab. When his son was born 28 years ago, Luigi Cremonini hopefully named the boy Leonardo Raffaello. Father and son spent days off together painting by the green-scummed Navile Canal, which connects their native city of Bologna to the Po.

After four years' formal art training in Milan, young Cremonini began to show signs of fulfilling his father's dreams. At 26...

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