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“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 battlefront. Fascinating and brilliantly researched, The Venus Fixers is a story of Botticellis hidden in castles, the monuments officers’ heroism, and the art’s often narrow escape, played out against air strikes and looting, leveled churches and shattered frescoes.” —Cynthia Saltzman, author of Old Masters, New World: America’s Raid on Europe’s Great Pictures
“In this finely written and researched first book, full of anecdotes that will fascinate all art lovers, Ilaria Dagnini Brey adds wonderful insight and detail to the gripping story of the miraculous preservation of many of the world’s most treasured masterpieces during the Allied campaign in Italy. The heroes are the curators of Italy’s patrimony and the fabled monuments men attached to the Allied invasion forces, and Ms. Brey does them proud.” —Lynn H. Nicholas, author of The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War
Interesting but rather involved in the beginning, a little hard to follow. Towards the middle to the end of the book it gets more exciting.Published 24 days ago by Polly Culp
The Venus Fixers is a fine companion to The Rape of Europa. This volume is academically sound with interesting anecdotal details that brings it alive. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patricia White
I did not realize how close we came to losing so many works of great art during WWII, and that a group of officers had been designated to save and restore these priceless works of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by JMC
This riveting and totally engaging story, along with 16 pages of photos, is hard to put down. Thank you, Ilaria Brey, for bringing such an extraordinary story to life.Published 4 months ago by paulette kaufmann
I learn something we were never in school or never heard about.
These officers and men helped save culture in Italy and pride.as well
this is quite dry. if you know the Italian art pieces and churches that they are talking about, it might be more interesting. I only read about one third.Published 5 months ago by Jennifer Highley
Interesting parallel to the more popular Monuments Men (from which the movie script was based). Set in Italy, it portrays the struggle these dedicated men experienced in coping... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
A thorough research of what happened to Italian art during WWII. Very tedious to read, so many names, places and dates. Very hard to keep track of who was who. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dianna Spaulding
Very good read. The book kept my interest and the author did an excellent job in character description. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Edward Goldberg