Memorie di valore. Guida ai patrimoni dell’Archivio Storico di Intesa Sanpaolo

Francesca Pino, Alessandro Mignone, Milan, Hoepli, 2017

A journey back in time through the 19th and most of the 20th century, with a legacy of documents, photographs, historical libraries, films and objects collected and stored in one of the most important banking archives in Europe and across the globe: in this book, Intesa Sanpaolo’s Historical Archives hand down the fruit of thirty years’ work. The volume provides a richly illustrated, easily navigable map enabling readers to explore the histories of four banking institutions – Cassa di Risparmio delle Provincie Lombarde, Banca Commerciale Italiana, Banco Ambrosiano Veneto and Istituto Mobiliare Italiano – which made a significant contribution to Italy’s economic and civic development. The narration goes beyond a mere profile of each bank or personality, drawing multiple comparisons with the histories of society and employment, politics and diplomacy, architecture, publishing, literature, art, graphics and photography.