The art of saving art. Fragments of the history of Italy

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Some assets recovered by the Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio


From 5 May al 14 July 2019 at Palazzo del Quirinale salt of the Gregorian Palazzina

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio Culturale - TPC, a surprising exhibition on an area that concerns our security forces knew little, but of inestimable cultural and social value. Conceived and designed by Michelangelo Lupo is clean yes Francesco Buranelli, the exhibition is a tribute to the great work of one of the noblest institutions of the State, and the important action of recovery of works of art of inestimable value.


The 3 May 1969, advocated by the then Chief of Staff Arnaldo Ferrara, born the Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio. With its infinite artistic richness Italy could only be the first country in the world to adopt a police body specializing in the specific sector. A year later by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Science and Culture (UNESCO), start indication to the acceding States to take measures to prevent the acquisition of illegally exported goods and facilitate the recovery of stolen ones.

Anyone who has seen the film Monument's Men, It will be fascinated by the history of the military art experts group who go in search of the works stolen by the Nazis to recover the places of belonging.

When we talk about cultural heritage protection we talk about men MPs to the defense and to the salvation of the beautiful as historical richness, cultural and spiritual development of a state, and all of the vital importance that goes with it.

In these fifty years of life, the Command has recovered more than eight hundred thousand goods, more than a million archaeological finds, He has seized roughly a million false works and recovered more than sixteen thousand artifacts stolen in Italy and returned from abroad. A lot of work that shows us explained by the many works present.

The works

The exhibition has a hundred works, and it is divided into various exhibition sections, that tell the stories of the various recoveries occurred in the most diverse areas of the world.

It starts with "Fragments of Italian history", where the historical importance of the works, even in fragments, summarizes the different pieces of our art history together in the work of protection of the gun. There are the symbolic works of safeguard: the diptych of the Annunciation (first work recovered in 1970), the Capitoline Triad, the Hellenistic pottery silver from Morgantina, are examples of extraordinary beauty.

You then get to three different examples of recontextualizations of recovered works, that highlight the care and comprehensive recovery path with the territory and the culture that produced them. Adjacent to the track that starts from the ancient peoples of the Italian territory, the Renaissance, up to seismic emergencies of recent times. Through the three rooms that see the presence of the artistic work Euphronius, one of the most famous Greek painters of the fifth century. A.C., The Madonna and Child Piero della Francesca, Giovanni Bellini, Andrea Mantegna, Antoniazzo Romano, and works of Tiepolo, the guest is fascinated by a trip time that magically synthesizes centuries of creative human history.

Rounding out the shows "Poorly", that is, all those masterpieces still under investigation as the search Nativity of Caravaggio Oratory of San Lorenzo in Palermo, the Madonna dell'Orto of Bellini to Venice, the Bambinello Ara Coeli Rome o the Victorious Youth Lisippo, who still do not find their way back.


Info, Timetable and prices

The art of saving art. Fragments of the history of Italy

From 5 May al 14 July 2019

Palazzo del Quirinale height Via della Consulta, salt of the Gregorian Palazzina

Schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday,h 10-16 (Last logged h 15) closed Monday and Thursday, the exhibition will also be closed from 31-5-2019 al 2-6-2019

Cost: lAdmission is free, you only pay 1,5 EUR to a reservation which is compulsory.

You can do online (,

or the Call center, tel. 06 (Monday-Sunday h 9 – 19),

o all 'INFOPOINT, Center information and reservations ( Montecavallo Salita, 15 – Roma), on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday h 9 – 17.

The visits book could change during official engagements. In such a case you can make the visit on another date or obtain a refund of the amount paid. Access to the exhibition does not include a visit to the Palazzo del Quirinale.

Info: Tel. 06 46991