Subscribe to the National Loan


This World War I poster, published in northern Italy in 1917, urges Italians to subscribe to the national loan to help finance the war. The poster shows a classical female figure, representing Italy, wearing a crown and armor and draped in the Italian flag, holding a sword toward a Nordic warrior coming over the mountains. After entering the war on the side of the Allies in May 1915, Italy mainly engaged in fighting the forces of the Central Powers, Austria-Hungary and Germany, along its mountainous northeastern frontier with Austria. The intent of the poster is to draw a contrast between Italy, with its ancient civilization, and its supposedly barbarous enemies, who are depicted as reminiscent of the Germanic tribes that fought the Roman Empire. The poster is by Giovanni Capranesi (1852–1925), a noted artist who produced paintings for many churches and private villas in Italy. He worked for a time in South America, where his commissions included paintings for the cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and for the cathedrals and private houses in Manaus and Belém, Brazil. He also designed bank notes for the Bank of Italy.

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Publication Information

Instituto Italiano D'Arti Grafiche, Bergamo, Italy


Title in Original Language

Sottoscrivete al prestito


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Physical Description

1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 130 x 100 centimeters


Last updated: February 10, 2014