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Saving Italy's Art During WW2

Italy's works of art were threatened by bombing and looting during World War Two. But a group of art historians devoted themselves to keeping the paintings and sculptures safe.

Italy's great works of art were threatened by bombing and looting during World War Two. But a plan known as 'Operation Rescue' was devised to keep the paintings and sculptures safe. Some were hidden in remote spots, others were moved to the Vatican. Pasquale Rotondi was a leading figure in the operation, his daughter Giovanna Rotondi spoke to Alice Gioia about his wartime work.

Photo: St George by Andrea Mantegna, circa 1460.(Credit DeAgostini/Getty Images)

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