This satirical drawing depicts the heads of the Central Powers in World War One: Wilhelm II of Germany, Franz Joseph I of Austria, Ferdinand I of Bulgaria and Mohammad V of Turkey. They are heavily armed and glare menacingly at a man dressed in the national costume of Montenegro, who holds an olive branch in his hand. The image represents the aggression of the Central Powers towards Montenegro in the winter of 1915/1916. The size of the people in the drawing is representative of the power of the countries depicted.
Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico Title: Gli eroi Date: 1918 Basic information: Illustrator: Jonni, Raffaello, Shelfmark: F. GUERRA A.III.II 51
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- Ian Cooke
From the beginning of World War One, both sides of the conflict used propaganda to shape international opinion. Curator Ian Cooke considers the newspapers, books and cartoons produced in an attempt to influence both neutral and enemy countries.