Ezio Tiburzio Anichini (Florence, 24 April 1886 – Florence, 23 September 1948) was an Italian illustrator whose expansive career bridged the art nouveau style of the early 20th century and the nationalistic propaganda of the World War I era through the rise of the fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
Son of Giuseppe Anichini, illustrator for the publishing house R. Bemporad & Son, he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence in 1902 where he graduated in 1910 obtaining an encouragement prize.
He made his debut as an illustrator in 1903 for Scena Illustrata, a popular Italian magazine based in Florence with which he had a long collaboration.
In 1906, a long collaboration also began with Giornalino della Domenica (a weekly magazine for children aimed at responding to the needs of readers rather than those of adults) after having participated in a competition held for the covers of this newspaper.
The collaboration with Scena Illustrata.
Scena Illustrata was a cultural magazine, a fortnightly of literature, art, theatre, current affairs and sport founded in Florence in 1884. It was published until September 2003 in Rome and from 2004 to 2005 in Milan. In over one hundred years of publication, it has offered an insight into twentieth-century Italian society and culture. Accompanied by numerous illustrations and photographs, enriched with reports on Italy and Europe, Scena Illustrata paid particular attention to social transformation and innovations coming from abroad, including the artistic avant-gardes.
In addition to collaborating with many other magazines of the time (Musica e Musicisti, Passerotto, Corriere musica dei bambini, Vita nova, Almanacco Italiano Bemporad), he also made illustrations for books and posters for theatrical performances at the Roman Theater of Fiesole from 1911 to 1913.