Travel Italia, The Golden Age of Italian Travel Posters by Lorenzo Ottaviani was just recently published.
This book features over 150 beautiful and brightly colored Italian travel posters that were designed between the 1920's and the 1960's. These posters are from Alessandro Bellenda's private collection.
In the book Lorenzo Ottaviani gives us some background on when multi-colored lithographic posters came about and of how the Italian National Tourism Agency and the Italian State Railways commissioned artists to create posters to promote tourism in Italy.
I found that two very useful features of this book were: the small maps of Italy, that were located next to each of the larger poster images, showing the area which the poster represents and the chapter of artist biographies that tells of the poster artist's histories.
This book is a must have for anyone interested in poster collecting, vintage graphics and travel.
A perfect gift for this upcoming holiday season!
Please refer to my February 26, 2008 post to view vintage Italian travel posters from Alessandro Bellenda's Galleria L'IMAGE
This post was originally published on November 7, 2007.