Of Anglo-Swiss origin, from his childhood Thayaht lived in Florence. In 1915, following a brief stay in Paris, he exhibited a series of abstract drawings in Florence, meeting Florentine Futurist artists. Thayaht's work (his pseudonym is perfectly "bifrontal", and can be read just the same in a mirror as it can normally) moreover is typical of the eclectic spirit of Second Futurism........
........During the 30's he showed at the first Roman Quadrennial (1931), organised the Futurist Exhibition of Painting, Sculpture, Paintings of Airplanes and Decorative Arts at the "Galleria d'Arte" in Florence, showing at the Venice Biennials 1932 to 1936 and at the Milan Triennial in 1933 and 1936. In the mid-30's he retired to Marina di Pietrasanta, where he concentrated on studying science and astronomy and after the end of WWII founded the CIRNOS (Independent Station for the recording of space information) with the aim of recording and providing proof of UFOs.
Written by: Gioela Massagli - Translated by: Catherine Biggerstaff
Sculpteur, artiste-peintre et orfèvre, Ernesto Thayaht fut un artiste extrêmement éclectique et innovateur, un précurseur de nouvelles sensibilités. Son œuvre se distingue par les lignes et les formes synthétiques qui, grâce à une géométrie précise, expriment une élégance recherchée.
Here's a brief obituary I found in Flying Saucer Review, Vol.5 No.5, Sept./Oct.1959:
Ernesto Thayat was one of Italy's foremost space researchers. The news of his passing on April 29, 1959, will be a loss to all who knew this man who worked in many fields.
He founded and was director of the Centro Indipendente Raccolta Notizie Osservazioni Spaziali (CIRNOS) at Marina di Pietrasanta (Lucca), Italy.
Thayat was born in Florence in 1893. He distinguished himslf as a sculptor and painter after the war and his work is to be seen in Monfredini Gallery in Florence. He had various other interests and studied missiles and the problem of gravity. He was also a pianist and a composer of jazz. In addition he illustrated scientific books.
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When Saucers came to Earth: The Story of the Italian UFO Landings in the Golden Era of the Flying Saucers
~ Maurizio Verga (Author)
"When Saucers Came to Earth" is the very first book in the English language entirely devoted to the story of UFO sightings that have occurred in Italy. Sightings of a special kind. The landings of "flying saucers" in the 1940s and '50s. These were extraordinary encounters involving ordinary people, in a world that has ceased to exist. Begin a fascinating journey back to distant 1912, when an Italian farmer met up with a ghostly light on a foggy night in the northern Italian flatlands; and travel to the early morning of New Year's Eve 1954, when an odd-looking flying saucer with two "pilots" observed an old bell-ringer. Over 100 amazing saucer landings are described in detail, all featuring sources and critiquing comments aimed at a better understanding of the follow-ups to - and the possible explanations for - every incident. Hundreds of maps, sketches, pieces of artwork, and newsclippings make this book a visual tour of the early years of the "flying saucer" phenomenon and myth.
About the Author
Maurizio Verga is one of the most respected Italian UFO researchers (now a UFO historian), with over 30 years of experience in the field.
This next part in our new series, "Your Need to Know", Antonio Huneeus examines Italy's Fascist UFO Files. These files were originally delivered in the mid-nineties to famed Italian ufologist and author Roberto Pinotti, and sent on stationary bearing the seal of the Kingdom's Senate and Agenza Stefani, the regime news agency in charge of disseminating Fascist propaganda. Forensic analysis was done on the documents and they were found to be originals and not photocopies. Andrea Bedetti, a historian and expert on Italy's Fascist era, found that the stationary, aeronautical terminology and vocabulary were all consistent with real documents from the period. These documents contained written testimony describing in detail several sightings along with hand-drawn pictures. It also discloses that Mussolini and Ciano, Italy's number one and number two leaders were informed right away about the phenomenon. These documents also talk of the alleged creation of the top secret "Cabinet RS/33", led by Marconi, and included some of Italy's most prominent astronomers, scientists and aeronautical engineers. As things went sour for Italy during the war, all the files from Cabinet RS/33 were supposedly shipped to Nazi Germany, where they might have influenced the Italian aeronautical engineer Belluzzo.