The study of art topics faced in the periodicals published in Italy between the nineteenth and twentieth century, revealed the extraordinary vitality of the press that, since the earliest years of the twentieth century, increasingly lines up, in the covered topics and in the critical activity, to the one of contemporary national and European periodicals. The richness and variety of the dealt topics, lets to reconstruct the great ferment of ideas that characterizes the cultural and social framework of the Italian nation, together with the achievement of political unity. The first issue of TeCla - Review, carried out with the assistance of several scholars, focuses on the different contribution and relationship between the arts owing a lot to the Wagnerian ideal of Gesamtkunstwerk. This concept of total work of art, in which lies the strong expression of the identity of a people, helps to shape the varied and attractive cross section of the different aspects of local cultures, and lies in numerous articles appeared in major newspapers, from the second half of the nineteenth century to the first decades of the twentieth century. Therefore, issues related to art in its various forms (pictorial, musical, theatrical, with attention to collecting, to museum studies, exhibitions, but also to urban popular traditions, fashion, tourism, customs and society), more and more frequently accompanied by illustrations and interesting photographic collections, appear in the pages of periodicals. Resumed by artistic movements such as Scapigliatura and vanguards of the early twentieth century, connoted by significant methodological contributions and by specific theoretical observations, we find these same themes published in journals since the early twentieth century.