Ivo Battelli was an architect and scenographer who had studied in Rome. He drew up predominantly cinema constructions and sceneries for the Italian film directors Vittorio de Sica and Carmine Gallone during the 1930s and 1940s. He started with Scipio Africanus, one of the best known examples of imperial fascista filmography, directed in 1937 by Carmine Gallone, with which the director wanted to renew the tradition of colossal historical films. After the war boats continued to carry out a constant activity of set designer and decorator, mostly in mediocre level, except for a few film works, among which imposed Sciuscià (Shoeshine), a film of strong human impact on painful childhood conditions violated by war, directed in 1946 by Vittorio De Sica. His last known works date from the year 1970. The design of a swimming pool probably dates back to the time of his studies.