The Getty Center
Date: Sunday, June 2, 2013
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Past Event

 
On the eve of the Allied invasion of Italy in August 1943, Allied bombs threatened Michelangelo's David and nearly destroyed Leonardo's Last Supper. This is the true story of the race to save great masterpieces. Robert M. Edsel's new book, Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis, follows Monuments officers Deane Keller (a portrait painter and art professor) and Fred Hartt (a brilliant art scholar), who raced to discover the location of billions of dollars of missing artwork taken from the great museums in Florence and Naples as they served alongside frontline troops. With the whereabouts of the art unknown to the Allies, a heretofore obscure SS general holds the works hostage while negotiating a secret Nazi surrender with American spies.

Robert M. Edsel is the author of the nonfiction books Rescuing Da Vinci and The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, as well as the forthcoming book, Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis. Edsel is also the coproducer of the documentary film, The Rape of Europa. In addition, he is the founder and president of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art. Edsel has received numerous awards for his service.

Presented in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles

Signed copies of Robert M. Edsel's new book, Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis, will be available for purchase at the event.


How to Get Here
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for maps and driving directions.