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

Nov 14, 2014 418

Nov. 18, 2014 - Feb. 17, 2015 in Memory Hall
NATIONAL WORLD WAR I MUSEUM AT LIBERTY MEMORIAL
100 W. 26th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108


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

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.

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Source: https://theworldwar.org/

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