“[…] The group of seven (Sironi, Funi, Marussig, Malerba, Oppi, and Dudreville) asked me for a name, a title we could boast of and wave as a flag. I thought about it. And I brought two names, a few days later: Candelabro and Novecento Italiano. Candelabro was immediately put aside because it seemed, with its seven arms, too “synagogue style”. And regarding Novecento Italiano - a word that must have had worldwide success - we reflected, meditated, hesitated. It was accepted but without the unanimous enthusiasm that I would have expected.
[…] Then, twenty years ago, the glorious centuries of Italian art stopped in the eighteenth century. It was commonly said Quattrocento, Cinquecento, but it did not go beyond the eighteenth century. Now, why not proceed with a twentieth century (editor’s note: Novecento Italiano)? A century of Art to define a group of painters was a stunt, I agree; it was a joke, but witty.