Illo: Umberto Boccioni, Portrait of Armando Mazza, 1912
"The [Futurist] Evening invariably began with [Futurist Filippo] Marinetti and his friends, protected from attack by the massive weight of the poet Armando Mazza, hurling insults at the host city and its illustrious men. The police rarely moved to protect the Futurists from their audiences. In fact, in Bologna on one occasion it seemed that the police too had joined the three thousand who attacked the eleven Futurists." Caroline Tisdall and Angelo Bozzolla, Futurism, Oxford Univ. Press, 1978, p.13.
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