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October 16, 2017 to November 21, 2017


The Italian Academy
1161 Amsterdam Avenue
New York  New York  10027
United States
The Italian Academy

War and Art: Destruction and Protection of Italian Art during WWI

The bronze horses of Basilica San Marco arriving at the railway station in Rome (Rome, 1917)

The International Observatory for Cultural Heritage marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S.A.'s entry into World War I with a photo exhibition documenting the protection of Italy's cultural heritage in the war years. To safeguard vulnerable works of art, soldiers and workers set up masonry supports for buildings, braced statues with wood planks, padded monuments with sandbags, wrapped delicate marble columns in wool, laid mattresses over frescoes, and—where possible—shipped paintings and statues to safer locations.

Italy’s national heritage was immediately mobilized as a propaganda tool, with photographs documenting protective efforts and also war damage to paintings, frescoes, and churches.

Gallery is open weekdays, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm 

Curated by
Marco Pizzo (Museo Centrale del Risorgimento)
Renato Miracco (Cultural Attaché, Embassy of Italy, Washington DC)