Graphite sketch of wife of internee Nicola Germano by Guido Casini
This graphite sketch of the wife of Nicola Germano was created by fellow internee Guido Casini. On the lower right hand corner, we see the artist's signature. "30 Dec, 1942" also appears at the bottom, dating the sketch and placing the location of its creation to Fredericton Internment Camp, where the remaining Italian internees were transferred in July 1942. Casini likely created this sketch based on a photograph provided by Germano. During Germano's internment, his wife who resided in Italy, became ill and died.
Guido Casini was an artist. He was known in the Italian Canadian community of Montreal having worked on the sculpture for Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot) and assisted with the fresco featuring Benito Mussolini in the Madonna della Difesa church. In Petawawa Internment Camp, both he and Guido Nincheri did coal sketches of fellow internees. Vincenzo Poggi completed sketches as well as paintings while in camp.