By Ilaria Dagnini Brey
In 1943, while the international used to be convulsed through struggle, a couple of visionaries—in the personal quarter and within the military—committed to guard Europe's cultural historical past from the indiscriminate ravages of worldwide battle Two.
And so the Allies appointed the Monuments officials, a motley crew of paintings historians, curators, architects, and artists, to make sure that the masterpieces of ecu artwork and structure weren't looted or bombed into oblivion. Often operating as shellfire exploded round them, the Monuments men and women of Italy shored up tottering palaces and cathedrals, safeguarded Michelangelos and Giottos, or even blocked a Nazi convoy of stolen work certain for Göring's birthday party. occasionally they failed. yet to an mind-blowing measure they succeeded, and their tale is an remarkable event with the beautiful tints of a Botticelli as its backdrop.
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The Venus Fixers: The Remarkable Story of the Allied Monuments Officers Who Saved Italy's Art During World War II by Ilaria Dagnini Brey