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Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis

Saturday, May 25, 2013
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by Robert Edsel

In August 1943, on the eve of the Allied invasion of Italy, Allied bombs threatened Michelangelo's David and nearly destroyed Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper. This is the blockbuster story of the race to save the world's greatest masterpieces by the best-selling author of The Monuments Men (now being made into a major feature film by George Clooney).

Robert 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, an art scholar, serving alongside frontline troops, as they race to discover the location of billions of dollars of missing artwork taken from the great museums in Florence and Naples. 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. This gripping narrative holds appeal for anyone who loves history, art, travel, and adventure. Questions? E-mail lectures@mfah.org

About the Speaker
Robert M. Edsel is the author of the nonfiction books Rescuing Da Vinci and The Monuments Men: Allied HeroesNazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History. He is also coproducer of the award-winning documentary film The Rape of Europa.

Tickets
$5 MFAH Members | $8 Nonmembers + museum admission
Secure your seats in advance!  Tickets are available online (use your own printer); by phone at 713.639.7771; or in person at any MFAH admissions desk.

Education Programs receive generous funding from the Kinder Foundation; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; ExxonMobil; the Favrot Fund; Michael C. Linn in memory of his mother Patricia G. Linn; the National Museum of Korea; Mrs. Evelyn Houstoun Chew; The Hamill Foundation; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; The Boeing Company; An Anonymous Donor; Mr. William J. Hill; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; JPMorgan Chase Foundation; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; and The Susan Vaughan Foundation.