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    DescriptionIn 1943, while the world was convulsed by war, a few visionaries--in the private sector and in the military--committed to protect Europe's cultural heritage from the indiscriminate ravages of World War Two. And so the Allies appointed the Monuments Officers, a motley group of art historians, curators, architects, and artists, to ensure that the masterpieces of European art and architecture were not looted or bombed into oblivion. Often working as shellfire exploded around them, the Monuments men and women of Italy shored up tottering palaces and cathedrals, safeguarded Michelangelos and Giottos, and even blocked a Nazi convoy of stolen paintings bound for Goring's birthday celebration. Sometimes they failed. But to an astonishing degree they succeeded, and their story is an unparalleled adventure with the gorgeous tints of a Botticelli as its backdrop.

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    The Venus Fixers
    The Remarkable Story of the Allied Soldiers Who Saved Italy's Art During World War II
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ilaria Dagnini Brey
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 308
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    ISBN 13: 9780312429904
    ISBN 10: 0312429908

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    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    BISAC V2.8: ART015000
    B&T General Subject: 520
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    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
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    LC classification: N6911 .B74 2010
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    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, maps
    Picador USA
    Imprint name
    Picador USA
    Publication date
    22 June 2010
    Author Information
    Ilaria Dagnini Brey is a journalist and translator who was born in Padua, Italy. She now lives in New York City with her husband, Carter Brey, the principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic. This is her first book.
    Review quote
    "A significant and original contribution to World War II and art history alike." --Gilbert Taylor, "Booklist ""A thrilling adventure, full of scheming aesthetes and exploding Mantegnas . . . Brey tells this story with concision and grace." --Benjamin Moser, "Harper's Magazine ""An illuminating book . . . Elegant and compelling history, which is equally a blueprint for the safeguarding of our human heritage in future struggles." --"The American Scholar ""An engaging and important addition to the vast library of books about World War II . . . Brey has firm command of art and military history and does an excellent job of evoking the atmosphere of a war-torn country." --Michael Riedel, "New York Post" "Brey makes a significant contribution by delving into previously unexplored Italian archives to flesh out the perspective of the native population amid the chaos of war." --Jonathan Lopez, "The Boston Globe""Art and war come together in this superbly researched history that reveals how Italy's Renaissance masterpieces were caught in the crossfire of World War II. Ilaria Dagnini Brey recounts how many of these works almost miraculously survived, and who we have to thank for saving them--a somewhat unlikely crew of art historians, scholars, and architects. She shows how their quiet courage stood between some of the world's greatest treasures and a fate almost unbearable to contemplate." --Ross King, author of "Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture """The Venus Fixers "is an extraordinary story--tragic, poignant, and inspiring by turn. A must-read for anyone who recognizes that the mute victims of any country's war are frequently its works of art, it brings to light a little-known and entirely absorbing aspect of World War II." --Caroline P. Murphy, author of "Murder of a Medici Princess ""Ilaria Dagnini Brey expertly recounts the race to protect masterpieces of art and architecture caught on the ba