This intriguing poster titled “From The Tree Of Italy” was created in the mid-1950s by Lucia Autorino Salemme and issued by The Cultural Division of The Italian Embassy in the United States. English language text gives brief biographical information for dozens of eminent and historically important Italians in all fields including scientists and inventors, medicine, artist, theologians, explorers, philosophers, military leaders and more. All of these great sons and daughters of Italy are represented in small portraits adorning a map of Italy. The additional text makes the case that Italy really is the cradle of the modern world. The lower margin indicates “Litho in the U.S.A. by the Bishop Litho Co., Inc. New York”.
Lucia Autorino Salemme (1919-2010) was an American artist. Her work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.