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#69 The Keepers of Florentine Art: A Conversation with Laura Morelli

Updated: Nov 2, 2023

Saturday, November 4th Live on Zoom

10am Los Angeles and Phoenix, 1pm NY & Toronto, 5pm London, 6pm Florence

Imagine if your job was the safekeeping of the city’s artistic treasures during the German occupation of the city in 1943-44. The collections of the Uffizi Galleries, the Pitti Palace, some eighty museums, more than one hundred churches, the innumerable monuments of incalculable value to western civilization. Can you imagine taking responsibility for the tens of thousands of treasures—not to mention the buildings themselves?

This nearly incomprehensible task lay in the hands of a small group of Italian art professionals who remain some of the bravest unsung heroes in World War II history. In the English-speaking world, we are more familiar with the final chapter of this story, when the Allied Monuments Men and Women returned thousands of masterpieces to their rightful owners. But we tend to be less familiar with the beginning of these massive efforts to protect works of art in the first place, just as the threat of war began to loom.

On the 57th anniversary of the Florence Flood, join us as art historian Laura Morelli shares the incredible story of a few ordinary people placed in extraordinary circumstances.

Laura holds a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University and is an award-winning, USAToday bestselling historical novelist. She is a longtime trusted guide in the world of cultural travel and authentic shopping. Laura’s latest novel, THE LAST MASTERPIECE, brings readers along on a heart-pumping adventure up the Italian peninsula during the German occupation, when some of the world’s most important works of art stood in the crosshairs of history.


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Look forward to seeing you on Zoom!

Warmest regards,


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