When Something Beautiful Comes Out Of A War

Start: Mar 18, 2015 05:15 PM
End: Mar 18, 2015 06:15 PM

Location: Room 609 (SCR), Institute of Archaeology

When Something Beautiful Comes Out Of A War

Alice Leone (PhD Candidate, Scuola Normale Superiore) will give a seminar organised by the Institute's History of Archaeology Research Network on 18 March.


The ground-breaking “Masterpieces of European Painting” of August 1944 was an exhibition arranged by the Allied Military Government in Rome with art from many Italian city galleries. Possible only because the Vatican had stored the paintings for safekeeping, its main purpose was to show some of Italy’s greatest art to the troops. Both the Allied and Italian press rated the exhibition a critical success, and it attracted over 100,000 visitors. It helped improve relations between soldiers and the civilians who flocked to see it, and convince the troops of the need to protect Italian art in wartime. Other similar exhibitions were to follow.​

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Any enquiries about the event may be directed to Amara Thornton.