Covers of the Week #78: Oliviero Berni


Artist: Oliviero Berni

Oliviero Berni was one of the many great cover artists of old-school romance who came from Italy.

Franco Accornero, Pino, Renato Aime, and Alessandro Biffignandi are other well-known Italian artists we’ve covered at Sweet Savage Flame.

Berni was born in 1931 in Milano, Lombardia, Italy. He was prominent in illustrating fantasy and science fiction covers.

As a romance novel cover artist, Berni worked for Harlequin, Dell, Warner, Kensington, and Jove.

Berni has a style similar to Aime & Biffignandi and even early John Ennis covers.

The Covers

For the week of Monday, November 14, 2022, to Sunday, November 20, 2022, please enjoy these phenomenal romance covers by artist Oliviero Berni.

The Covers from Left to Right, Top to Bottom

  • Passion’s Dawn, Elaine Barbieri, Zebra,1985 
  • Fire Song, Roberta Gellis, Jove, 1984
  • Betray Not My Passion, Sylvie F. Sommerfield, Zebra, 1984
  • Wild Sweet Wilderness, Dorothy Garlock, Warner, 1985

Your Opinion

What do you think of Oliviero Berni’s style? Which of our picks do you like the best, if any?

Do you have suggestions or requests for future Covers of the Week themes you’d like to see on Sweet Savage Flame? Let us know, and we’ll do our best to create a gallery of stunning art!

Please drop a comment, and let’s talk romance.

2 thoughts on “Covers of the Week #78: Oliviero Berni

  1. Jane

    I LOVE THE ARTIST COVERS ON THESE OLD EPIC TYPE ROMANCES. The exception were Harlequin covers from the 90 and early 2000’s..MORE FANTASY THAN THE MODERN PHOTOGRAPHS


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