Agnelli's Primo Levi portraits on show for first time

'Survivor' at Rome's Jewish Museum till October

Agnelli's Primo Levi portraits on show for first time

Rome, May 9 - Three portraits of Italian Holocaust survivor writer Primo Levi bought by former Turin high-school mate and late Fiat icon Gianni Agnelli have been revealed to the public for the first time. The pictures of 'This Is A Man' author Levi by American Pop Artist Larry Rivers went on show at Rome's Jewish Museum on Thursday. The exhibition, entitled Survivor, runs till October 15. Agnelli's granddaughter Ginevra Elkann said: "The show is another way to commemorate my grandfather 10 years after his death. "My family was close to Primo Levi. My grandfather went to Massimo D'Azeglio (high school) with him and my paternal grandmother used to tell me how she taught Levi to ice skate". Levi, who committed suicide in 1987, is the most widely translated Italian writer in the world. His Holocaust masterpieces, If This Is A Man and The Truce (US: The Reawakening), have been translated into most of the world's languages. In 1997, If This Is A Man placed 30th in a British list of The Hundred Best Books Of The 20th Century. A film version of The Truce, starring John Turturro, was a hit at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. Levi's The Periodic Table (1975), was named the best science book ever by the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Gianni Agnelli, known as 'the uncrowned king of Italy', died on January 24, 2003.

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