The son of a blacksmith, Umberto Bellotto was born in Venice on 5 March 1882. He died in Venice in 1940. Bellotto was first an ironwork master, becoming known for executing the railings of the café-restaurant of the Venice Biennale in 1903. From 1905 to 1907, he collaborated with architect and decorator Cesare Laurenti in furnishing the restaurant Lo Storione in Padua, where he combined traditional ironwork with new, organic forms. It was with Laurenti that Bellotto collaborated to obtain a patent on a technique to combine ironworks with glass. Bellotto’s popularity increased after the Venice Biennale of 1914, where he had a solo exhibition of his eclectic ironworks, combining them with materials... more.