The Venus Fixers

The Venus Fixers : The Remarkable Story of the Allied Soldiers Who Saved Italy's Art During World War II

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In 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."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 308 pages
  • 144.78 x 205.74 x 27.94mm | 340.19g
  • Picador USA
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, maps
  • 0312429908
  • 9780312429904
  • 446,058

About Ilaria Dagnini Brey

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. "The Venus Fixers" is her first more

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“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.” &#821show more