50th Anniversary of Devastating 1966 Floods

November 4, 1966: A Day That Forever Changed Artistic Heritage Preservation in Italy

On November 4, 1966, catastrophic floods struck northern and central Italy, killing dozens, leaving thousands homeless, and damaging the precious artistic patrimony of Florence and Venice. This natural disaster brought international awareness to the importance of heritage preservation, and the need to preserve endangered art and architecture. Save Venice was born in response to these floods and in the decades since has made a measurable impact on cultural preservation in Italy, pioneering new methods in art conservation and serving as an influential model of private philanthropy. (Photo: Fondazione Giorgio Cini)

Restorations and Events Commemorate 50 Years Since the Devastating Floods in Venice and Florence

In 2016, Save Venice Inc. and the Friends of Florence Foundation collaborated to restore works of art in each organizations’ respective cities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the floods and highlight the ongoing need to preserve and restore the irreplaceable artistic treasures in Venice and Florence.

The Maestà, a 14th-century panel painting by the Maestro di Badia a Isola from the Palazzo Cini Gallery in Venice, and  48 drawings by Venetian artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo in the Horne Museum in Florence were restored. The inauguration of the Maestà was held on Friday, September 30 in Venice. On November 8 in Florence, an exhibition open to the public will feature the album of restored drawings by Tiepolo at the Horne Museum.

New York Lecture:
After the Flood: Venice and Save Venice 1966-2016

Thu, November 3, 2016 at 6pm

Join Save Venice and the Italian Cultural Institute in New York for an illustrated lecture on the impact of the November 4, 1966 flood on Venice’s artistic patrimony and a presentation of two restorations undertaken in parternship by Save Venice Inc. and the Friends of Florence Foundation to commemorate the flood’s 50th anniversary

Melissa Conn, Director, Venice Office of Save Venice Inc. and
Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator of The Frick Collection

Followed by a viewing of the exhibition, The Flood
Italian Cultural Institute686 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065

Wait List Only. RSVP by November 1 to newyork@savevenice.org or call 212-737-3141

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