Born in Milan in 1947, and son of the celebrated critic Mario De Micheli, Giuseppe – or Gioxe as he liked to be called in the Genoa dialect – was a very promising young engraver at the time.

He had studied under G. Grosso at the Accademia Albertina in Turin, and produced a series of works on the theme of suffering and solitude, and he agreed to perform a work dedicated to a wine.

He produced an etching for us, engraved on a sheet of zinc and pulled directly onto the label for 2,900 bottles of the 1974 Barbaresco Masseria, achieving an effect of great expressive significance.