February 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
RENAISSANCE ART CONVERSATIONS XXV – BOCA MUSEUM OF ART
TITLE: ART IS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES: ITALIAN EDITION
DR. MARGARET ANN ZAHO
The history of art is fundamentally the study of the cultural and artistic heritage of humanity. Dr. Margaret Ann Zaho, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Central Florida, believes an understanding of the history of art is crucial because we live in a world saturated by images and art is a reflection of the culture that made it. Unfortunately, much of the world’s art, our collective cultural heritage, is in danger. The danger comes from natural disasters, destructive forces, time itself, societies changing tastes, and from restoration and conservation. Consequently, it is important to recognize our responsibility to preserve and protect art all over the world.
Italy is the country with the most World Heritage Sites, including 58 UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) world heritage sites. Dr. Zaho discusses the issues that pose the greatest risk to artistic heritage in Italy, and encourages awareness.