War & Art - Destruction and protection of Italian Cultural Heritage during WWI

Opening June 2017
Western Reserve Historical Society
Presented by the Hon. Consulate of Italy in Cleveland & Ohio and WRHS 

This photographic exhibition, based on images from the Museo Centrale del Risorgimento’s archives in Rome, highlights the ravages that war can wreak, not only on human beings, but also on what should be the inviolate beauty of art. The exhibit represents a unique opportunity to recapture and gain more insight into a significant part of our history. The specific focus on preserving cultural heritage provides a first-hand cultural and historical perspective of the conflict, as well as of the broader Italian framework. It was also thanks to the vital support of the U.S. that Italy was able to preserve most of its artistic treasures – and thus its identity – from ruthless annihilation.