Help Restore Italy's Cultural Heritage
A portion of the sales of this piccolo libro [little book], also called an opuscolo [pamphlet] benefits Italy's efforts to rebuild the cultural heritage of the Abruzzo region, devastated by an April 2009 earthquake. Six noted Italian scholars have contributed essays that explore the amazing story of this work of art called The Beffi Triptych. The triptych was painted to hang behind the altar of the church in the tiny village of Beffi. The painter's name is unknown, but his skill gained him the name of the Master of Beffi. Over the centuries, the population of the tiny village in the Abruzzo region of Italy dwindled to just about 30 people. The cultural minister of the region moved the precious painting to be cared for in the regional museum. In April of 2009, a severe earthquake shook Abruzzo and destroyed nearly every work of art but not the Beffi Triptych. It survived the shaking while the very walls it hung on shattered. Italy would like to make people world-wide aware of the danger to the cultural heritage of Italy and promote a closer understanding of Italian cultural heritage. They are raising funds for interventions in conservation, restoration, and promotion of knowledge. The Minister of Culture decided to make this lovely work an ambassador of Italian culture and allow it to travel around the world. It has visited the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, and the Getty Center.
10 x 7 1/2 inches
20 color and 2 black & white illustrations
Only 300 copies printed
Available exclusively from the J. Paul Getty Museum Store