The most complete book to date on Mariano Fortuny painter, etcher, photographer, set designer, reformer of theatrical stage lighting, inventor and designer of furniture and fashion Mariano Fortuny was a visionary designer and artist best known today for his rich, innovative textiles and opulent dress designs, he was also an accomplished painter, etcher and photographer, as well as a designer of theatrical sets, costumes and lighting, revolutionising the stagecraft of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with his ambitious lighting designs Fortuny s varied and sumptuous output has acquired almost mythological status in the canon of early twentieth century Aestheticism Guillermo de Osma sets out to provide a complete and authoritative account of his life and workGuillermo de Osma read History of Art at the University of Madrid, and has worked in the print department at the Royal Academy of Spain and in the art department of Sotheby s London He organized major exhibition Mariano Fortuny Venice at the Musee Historique des Tissus in Lyon, France