Caravaggio, down-and-dirty genius

‘St Ursula’ shows Caravaggio at his most autobiographical


Was Canaletto’s nephew the better painter?

The turbulent relationship between two great Venetian painters


Futurism to Arte Povera: Italy’s quest for a modern artistic identity

Utterly different movements define the 20th century – one looking forward, the other harking to the past


Investing in Slovakia’s cultural future

How the Mal’ba art contest shapes artistic heritage


Italian Pop art: ripe for rediscovery

After being ignored for decades, Italian Pop artists – such as Enrico Baj and Giosetta Fioroni – are gaining recognition outside their homeland. Their work, says Alastair Smart, exemplifies the cultural confidence of the Sixties


A nation in profile

The Italian artist Luciano Fabro produced 40 sculptures in the boot-like shape of his homeland, several examples of which belong to Intesa Sanpaolo. But, asks Alastair Smart, was he making a political statement?


Piero Manzoni: trick or treat?

The Italian is notorious for his Merda d’Artista – a series of 90 cans of his own excrement. A satire on the pretensions of the art world or the final word in self-expression? In trying to decide, Alastair Smart looks at two important works


To infinity and beyond

As the founder of Spatialism, Lucio Fontana would boldly go where no artist had gone before. Critic and TV presenter Alastair Sooke delves into the holes and cuts that characterise the Italian’s work.


Alberto Burri: a stitch in time

An Italian abstract artist is finally receiving the recognition he deserves a century after his birth. Alastair Smart assesses the legacy of Alberto Burri, several of whose works are owned by Intesa Sanpaolo.


Saving the treasure of the past: now and forever

From ancient statues and medieval altarpieces to 19th-century paintings and theatrical costumes. Silvia Foschi, co-ordinator of Intesa Sanpaolo’s Restoration Programme, tells Giulia Rhodes why the private sector must help shoulder the cost of preserving Italy’s artistic inheritance


The home and soul of Italy

The renovation of author Alessandro Manzoni’s house in Milan – funded by Intesa Sanpaolo – is more than an exercise in architectural heritage. It is also a celebration of the man who gave Italian unification a literary voice. Robert Galbraith explains why the project matters.


Francesco Hayez: painter hero of Italian Romanticism

A new exhibition in Milan, part of Intesa Sanpaolo’s cultural heritage programme, focuses on the creator of The Kiss and his role as “art’s great idealist of national thought”. Alastair Smart explains why the work continues to be central to Italian history.


La Scala – Still “the drawing room of Milan”

As La Scala opens the doors for its new season, the opera house remains, after more than 200 years, the city’s hottest ticket, thanks in part to sponsors such as Intesa Sanpaolo. Giulia Rhodes finds out why