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This Italian map is fun but certainly controversial. It is a map of each region in Italy represented by a painting or fresco by an artist of that region.

Here’s the full map (click to zoom in). A list of the artworks and their creators follow.

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Map via reddit

Alphabetical List of Italian Regions with Their Representative Artworks

Links to the paintings are provided where possible

Cool! But can you see any problems?

The main problem, of course, is that many of the works that are representative of their respective regions are not visitable or viewable in those regions.

Artists have always traveled to where the money is. So that’s why you’ll find Il Pordenone’s Crucifixion in the Cathedral of Cremona (in Lombardy, several regions west from where Il Pordenone was born).

And then there’s the art market and artist popularity. On the one hand, it’s impressive that a boy from Calabria (Umberto Boccioni) has works in the MOMA in New York. But which work that is currently in Calabria and painted by a local artist is the most representative of that region?

The map is not exactly helpful for travel planning. Which is why I listed, when possible, where the works can be seen. Of course, if you have no chance to visit Trentino-Alto Adige but will be in Milan, then you can see Segantini’s “Two Mothers” at Milan’s Galleria of Modern Art. As for the art that represents Milan’s region — Caravaggio’s “Calling of Saint Matthew” — you’ll have to go to Rome to see that.

Staying Local

Some artists’ works on this map have remained in the regions where they were born. Those include:

I regret I was unable to find more details about the location of the below works. Please do get in touch if you know more about:

In Conclusion

This map is confusing — but fun — and it is a chance to dive deeper into Italian art. I learned a lot doing the research and already have a deeper appreciation for some art and artists I knew too little about.

I hope that this post will inspire you, too! Maybe the map will spawn similar efforts. And maybe, just maybe, we can start to put these churches and museums on our itineraries again.

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    1. Yes, one artist per region is the drawback. Botticelli for Tuscany, the region of Leonardo and Michelangelo? It’s a tough call, even though The Birth of Venus is pretty darn famous. I’d love to do a part 2, but that would require someone with better Photoshop skills to draw up the map!

  1. As I happen to know a lot about Calabria, I thought I’d mention that if you want to see Umberto Boccioni’s works in Calabria, you’ll find a section devoted to him at the National Gallery in Palazzo Arnone in the city of Cosenza. Boccioni was actually born further south in Reggio Calabria.

    1. Thanks, Karen! I tried to keep the article as simple as possible but still ended up writing about 700 words. Oops. 🙂 Anyhow, your comment is a perfect addendum.

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