Learning Italian can give you the possibility to understand Italian humor and discover Madonnari, a type of street artist that you can meet in art cities. And you can get a lot of other benefits too by learning Italian. You can read a menu in a restaurant and order your favorite dish without help. You can enjoy a book or a movie. But learning Italian can allow you to read the many signs spread almost everywhere. By doing so, you will discover a world made of humor, with funny pieces of advice, curious warnings or suggestions topped with jokes and humor. This is what I found one day while wandering in Rome. It was right under my feet, next to a painting a man was doing. He was part of the so-called movement of Madonnari. It is very common to meet Madonnari in the city center, but this one had something more to say than its art.
Ever heard of Madonnari?
In the 1980s, it was possible to find, in many Italian cities, the so-called Madonnari. They were street artists who used to paint pieces on public streets. The name comes from Holy Mary (Madonna, in Italian) as they mainly prefer holy subjects. You can still find them in some cities. I saw one of them in Rome last April. What was interesting was something he drew near his painting. Fed up with answering always to the same questions…he wrote FAQs. Isn’t that bright?
Madonnari have even a museum
If you want to find out more about this type of street art, there is a Museum dedicated to Madonnari in the province of Mantua. It is open every day but I strongly recommend to check in advance and write them to be sure it is possible to visit it.