For Piero Fornasetti, a single idea provided enough inspiration to create infinite variations.
In fact, much of his work involved constant evolutions of specific themes by allowing his imagination to roam freely. Fornasetti was able to constantly reinvent or reinterpret an image.
Of these themes, the most recurrent are: the sun, playing cards, harlequins, hands, self-portraits.
But the most famous, the image that inspired Fornasetti to coin the title 'Tema e Variazioni' is the enigmatic face of a woman: the opera singer Lina Cavalieri.