— Fortunato Depero Italian painter, writer, sculptor and graphic designer 1892 - 1960
Context: The art of the future will be largely advertising.
that bold and unimpeachable lesson I have learned from museums and great works from the past—
all art for centuries past has been marked by advertising purposes: the exaltation of the warrior, the saint; documentation of deeds, ceremonies, and historical personages depicted at their victories, with their symbols, in the regalia of command and splendor—
even their highest products were simultaneously meant to glorify something: architecture, royal palaces, thrones, drapery, halberds, standards, heraldry and arms of every sort—
there is scarcely an ancient work that doesn’t have advertising motifs, a garland with a trophy, with weapons of war and victory, all stamped with seals and the original symbols of clans, all with the self-celebrating freedom of ultra-advertising
Depero (1931) "Futurism and Adverticing Art"; Partly quoted in: Jonathon Keats, " Fortunato Depero's Italian Futurism http://www.forbes.com/forbes-life-magazine/2009/0608/art-fortunato-depero-italian-futurism.html," forbes.com, 2009/06/08