How Italy and New York shaped banking

The story unfolds in the archives of Intesa Sanpaolo


Paolo Scheggi: star of the 1960s now shining brightly

There’s real depth to the work of an Italian artist who used layered canvases pierced with holes to create a startling hybrid between painting and sculpture. Alastair Smart explores his sudden popularity


Giosetta Fioroni: Italian Pop art’s silver surfer

Now in her eighties, the only female member of the School of Piazza del Popolo is riding a wave of popularity. The cool, chromatic restraint of her canvases, characterised by the use of silver enamel paint, makes her work appear more contemporary than ever – and auction prices are on the rise


Mapping Italy’s banking history

Intesa Sanpaolo’s interactive guide to its roots – a World Map – tells us much about the past of finance and its future


Grisha Bruskin: a 20th-century Russian “icon”

When the Iron Curtain fell it revealed a whole generation of contemporary Soviet artists. One of the greatest is the subject of a new exhibition at the Palazzo Leoni Montanari in Gallerie d’Italia in Vicenza


Mimmo Rotella: the poster boy of Italian Pop art

Ripping posters from city walls, Mimmo Rotella created a new form of art. It’s now highly valuable


Art on tour

Six stunning vedute from Intesa Sanpaolo’s collection – including a Canaletto – are on show in Zagreb and Belgrade. It’s all to help promote cultural relations. “Intesa Sanpaolo operates in countries rich in culture and heritage and believes that cultural activities are a way to foster friendship across communities” – Gian Maria Gros-Pietro, Chairman of […]


Art can paint a picture of how the world sees your business

Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo is determined to share its extensive collection of masterpieces with the communities where it works.


Roberto Matta: forgotten hero of Surrealism

His work influenced the likes of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, yet the Latin-American painter remains relatively unknown. Now there are signs that his reputation is slowly on the up


Caravaggio plays Naples

Intesa Sanpaolo’s art loan programme with great galleries around the world brings a musical masterpiece home


Perspectives on the past

Official archives of the Intesa Sanpaolo group throw light on a century of Italian banking history – and have an important role to play in preserving the country’s cultural heritage


A black mark for modern art

Deletion is the key technique of ‘visual poetry’ by Emilio Isgrò


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


Investing in Slovakia’s cultural future

How the Mal’ba art contest shapes artistic heritage


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


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