A plundered library is a wound to civilisation

Photo by Ganesha Balunsat

Photo by Ganesha Balunsat

Antonnio Paolucci, the Director of the Vatican Museums recently said: ” Every looted painting or plundered library is a wound to civilisation which cannot be healed – a disaster for Italy and humanity as a whole”.
His comments came as a response to the news of many thefts of old books (around 4,000) from the Girolamini’s 16th century library; thefts included works by Galileo Galilei and Thomas More’s Utopia.

Reported by Lizzy Davies in Rome for the Guardian.

Mrs H.

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