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WAR & ART

Data:

12/10/2017


WAR & ART

War & Art. Destruction and Protection of Italian Cultural Heritage During World War I

A preview of a previously unreleased documentary about the First World War provided by the Museo Centrale del Risorgimento in Rome will be followed by a panel discussion with:

 

 

During the First World War even Italy’s historical and artistic heritage became a powerful propaganda tool for the country affected by the war. The art and beauty destroyed during air raids or land battles were further proof of the “enemy’s barbarity.” The planned or accidental destruction of artistic monuments had already been condemned by France on Sept. 19, 1914, following the irreparable damages to Reims Cathedral, and even earlier, on Aug. 25, 1914, by Belgium when the historical library of Louvain was destroyed by fire. 

Centuries-old art became an innocent victim of the war’s destruction. Stone sculptures could not survive steel shells.

In Italy, the destruction of culture was considered a cowardly and uncivilized act, a sort of blasphemous sacrilege, much like the violence perpetrated by invading armies against unarmed civilians. The idea that Italy’s national heritage could be used as a successful propaganda tool against the enemy was immediately put into action with photographs, like those in this special exhibition, that documented the damages of war to paintings, frescoes and churches. Photography was also used to sensitize the population in remote areas far from the front lines since this visual means proved the most effective instrument of persuasion—it could be easily understood even by the less educated members of the population and the illiterate. Newspapers and magazines thus detailed the beautiful artworks in the more famous Italian cities protected and defended against the “enemy’s barbarity.”

 

LOCATION
Embassy of Italy 
3000 Whitehaven Street NW
Washington, DC 20008

  

 

 

Informazioni

Data: Gio 12 Ott 2017

Orario: Dalle 18:00 alle 19:30

Organizzato da : IIC Washington, Embassy of Italy

Ingresso : Libero


Luogo:

Embassy of Italy

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