|Santa Maria del Fiore|
Julie's an art teacher in our school district. She told me about a day she went to the library in Florence and discovered a book, called Saving Italy:The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis. This non-fiction book written by Robert M. Edsel, just happened to be the name of the man who wrote the text book that Julie and her class where studying regarding Renaissance art.
She also discovered that it was soon to be a movie starring George Clooney and Matt Damon based on another book by Edsel titled, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History. I had never heard anything about these books or the story behind them.
Days after Julie returned from Italy USA TODAY (August 8, 2013) ran a feature about the movie stating it's, ". . . about a platoon tasked with going behind enemy lines to retrieve the masterpieces stolen by the Nazis."Later I found the video trailer on YouTube. You can watch it here. And you can watch it here too. For those of us who thrive on treasure hunting books and movies, and I think there are lots of us, my guess is the movie theaters around the country will be packed on December 18th when the film releases. But for now I'm reading the books and soaking up the information behind the movie.
This upcoming film feels like a combination of Raiders of the Lost Ark and National Treasure but it's based on a true
|Alternate view of Santa Maria del Fiore|
If you read the book, page two of The Monuments Men states, "The Monuments Men were a group of men and women from thirteen nations, most of whom volunteered for service in the newly created Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section or, MFAA."
"Their job description was simple: to save as much of the culture of Europe as they could during combat."
The Ponte Vecchio is this bridge over the Aron River is enclosed and filled with jewelry shops according to Julie, but in days long gone it used to be utilized by butchers selling their meat products as well as tanners. The stench became overwhelming and changes were made. I know I'd prefer the jewelry shops. The Ponte Vecchio is the only bridge in Florence that was not destroyed by the Germans during WWII.
I've never been to Italy but looking at the hundreds of pictures Julie took of Florence allowed me to get lost in this wonderful world.
Have you ever been to Italy? If so, what was one of your favorite places? Do you think you'll go see The Monuments Men movie?
The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, which means St. Mary of the Flower. I found this video on YouTube.