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17:15 - 18:15 18 March 2015

When something beautiful comes out of a war


412 | UCL Institute of Archaeology (link Map)
31–34 Gordon Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Alice Leone, PhD Candidate, Scuola Normale Superiore

Guest speaker Alice Leone will discuss the ground-breaking “Masterpieces of European Painting” of August 1944 - 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.


Amara Thornton
+44 (0)20 7679 4735 | amara.thornton@ucl.ac.uk