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Title ... Ordito Invano la Ragnatela Criminosa [...The Criminal Web Weaved in Vain]
Collection Imperial War Museum: Posters of Conflict - The Visual Culture of Public Information and Counter Information
Artist Unknown
Printer Gustavo Modiano e Co, Milano
Publisher/Sponsor Istitute Italo-Britannico, Milano
Concept propaganda, cartography, animals, emblems, atrocities / war crimes
Description whole: the image is positioned in the upper half, held within a red border. The title is separate and positioned across the top edge, in black, and held within a red border. The text is separate and positioned in the lower half, in black and in red, and held within red borders. The title and text are set against a white background. Further text is integrated and positioned in the upper half, in black and in red.
image: a map of the world with a large red spider, marked with the Imperial German eagle, positioned over Germany. The spider is at the centre of a web which extends over the whole map. Some countries are marked with numbers which relate to the text of the poster.
text: [missing] ORDITO INVANO LA RAGNATELA CRIMINOSA
[map with various place names]
QUESTA carta è destinata a mostrare come la Germania, per sola ambizione e per il desiderio di conquistare l'egemonia mondiale, senza scrupoli morali per gli obblighi internazionali, avesse tessuto una tale rete di delitti da coprire la faccia del mondo. Ogni Paese è numerato, e riferendosi al numero corrispondente si può vedere quale forma avevano preso le attività criminali della Germania in ogni zona. Ora che questa tela è stata distrutta ed il ragno vampiro messo in condizione di non più commettere ulteriori misfatti, le Nazioni potranno vivere in pace.
[text giving details of allegations of criminal activity by Germany in each of the 42 countries marked on the map]
EDITA dall' ISTITUTE ITALO-BRITANNICO MILANO - Via [?]livio Pellico, 6.
GUSTAVO MODIANO E C. MILANO
[The criminal web weaved in vain. The purpose of this map is to show how Germany, out of mere ambition and in order to gain hegemony worldwide, without any scruples about international obligations, has weaved such an extensive criminal web to cover the face of the earth. Each country is numbered, so that, referring to the relevant number, it is possible to assess the extension of Germany's criminal activities in each area. Now that the web has been destroyed and the vampire spider is in no condition to commit further crimes, the nations can live in peace.
Printed by British-Italian Institute Milan - Silvio Pellico St., 6. GUSTAVO MODIANO and Co. Milan]
Object map
Id Number Current Accession IWM PST 3902
Location Creation Site Italy
Measurements Dimensions 965 mm x 698 mm
Event WW1 Italian Home Front
Related Country Italy IT, Germany (pre 1945 and post 1990) DE, Sweden SE, Norway NO, Denmark DK, Great Britain GB, Netherlands NL, Belgium BE, Luxembourg LU, France FR, Austria AT, Montenegro ME, Serbia SB, Bulgaria BG, Romania RO, Hungary HU, Poland PL, Russia (Imperial, pre 1917) RU, Greece GR, Spain ES, Portugal PT, Morocco MA, Egypt EG, Saudi Arabia SA, Syria SY, Iran IR, India IN, China CN, Indonesia ID, Australia AU, Togo TG, Tanzania TZ, South Africa ZA, South West Africa (now Namibia) NA, United States of America US, Canada CA, Mexico MX, Brazil BR, Peru PE, Argentina AR, Uruguay UY
Text Language Italian
Rights Italian Government
Style Period Period 1914-1918
Work Type poster
 

 

 

 

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