Born in the province of Venice in 1991, Michelangelo Rossato is an illustrator with an extraordinary sensitivity. I met him through his illustrations on Joan of Arc contained in the book "The heart of Joan of Arc", precisely during the research for the project "Small articulated encyclopedia of women in history" and while I was creating the doll inspired by Joan of Arc . I found out that he graduated in illustration from the Academy of Fine Arts with a thesis on the link between fairy tale and matriarchal society that I would love to read.
Six years before starting to design the book Joan appeared everywhere: in a song, in an old book found at the market. Then I read a small book by Michelet and was enchanted by her childhood, still steeped in pagan legends and rites. I started looking for her and studying her, initially I wanted to tell only about her childhood, but perhaps a niche book would come out.. Many advised me not to make a book about a saint, I tried not to listen to those voices. Instead I listened to her voice, Joan's true voice, whose words were transcribed during her sentencing process. These luminous words inspired the book, written in the first person, and guided me throughout its realization. It is the incredible story of a girl who unhinged the man / woman genders, who led an army when she was only 17, who was first burned and then sanctified by the church.
My favorites were Snow White and the Little Mermaid, and I've already illustrated them by now! But I'm always looking for new fairy tales to fall in love with. Now I'm illustrating one to which I am very fond of, they say it is one of the oldest fairy tales in the world, the primeval fairy tale!
I am working on a project of educational books on history and science that will be released in China in which I was also able to involve some of my talented students. And then I'm working on a fairy tale as I told you ... I've just started so I can't anticipate anything. I can only tell you that it is an ancient fairy tale, and that I will set it in a renaissance utopia .... futuristic!