Bombing Art

November 11th, 2014 3:00 PMtoNovember 30th, 2014 7:00 PM

By Martina Innocenti (University of Florence)

The Tuscan “Monuments Men”: here’s what’s on display in this photographic exhibition featuring archived documents and painting at the Villa Del Mulinaccio in Vaiano.

“Bombing Art” shows what happened to the Pratese and Florentine artistic heritage during the Second World War, explaining how what now are known as universally acclaimed masterpieces were brought to safety, how architectonic beauties were repaired from bombings, and celebrates the men who risked their lives and worked so hard to make sure these artistic masterpieces would survive the horrors of the war.

The exhibition is free, open Saturday and Sunday from 15:00 to 19:00 (groups can also call in a reservation for other schedules). Every Sunday, guided visits are available from 15:30 until 17:00. To reach the exhibition from the S. Maria Novella train station, directly, just reaching the Vaiano station, or from Prato’s Central Station there are also trains every half an hour: Line V- Valdibisenzio.

A widely recommended exhibition, presenting an argument that is normally not explored while talking about the Second World War, with never before seen images (such as one of an imprisoned David, between wooden logs and iron beams for “protection”) touching images as those of a broken, bombarded Florence. Also, a projection of the Combat film 1943-1945 “War on Art”, and a spotlight on the real heroes of art like Leonetto Tintoru, who, as the bombings went on, he rushed to Prato to save Filippino Lippi’s Tabernacolo, which had almost been destroyed, as well as Rodolfo Siverio the “007 of art” (alongside his saved painting of De Chirico)

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