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Captain Dean Keller from Connecticut, was an artist and Yale professor. He and his team discovered the treasures of the Florence Museum in a cache of looted Nazi art, and returned it to the city in 1945 in a triumphant parade of dozens of U.S. Army trucks. Among the awards he received after the war was the United States Legion of Merit, Member of the British Empire, Crown of Italy Partisan Medal, Order of St. John the Lateran from the Vatican, and the Medal of the Opera from Pisa—all in recognition of his extraordinary wartime efforts to save the treasures of Europe, especially Italy. He worked tirelessly on the restoration of the frescoes at the Camposanto during the 1950s, and was further honored by actually being buried in the Camposanto in Pisa in 2000, something not usually accorded to outsiders.

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Some mighty grim people...
John Prior: The grim reaper is about
  • Frances
  • United States
  • 22 Mar 2013, 00:30
The last few posts have been outstanding Frank! This one is intense with varying degrees of emotion being displayed. Well done series!
John Prior: Waiting there turn for the man to come around Frances
  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Mar 2013, 07:01
We he was a good man and deserved this honour. This wonderful thing would in all probability have ended up hanging in Goering's garage had he not rescued it.

Incidentally I love the expressions in the fresco. It is as if they had all seen Bill Phillips's picture today
John Prior: Is it worse than death? smile
  • Chad
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 22 Mar 2013, 08:52
I love the early renaissance work John, as I think I said earlier. The human emotion that is displayed, the sense of tragedy and grief, great expression.
John Prior: Thanks Chad, I find this stuff very interesting also.
It has been a treat to see these frescos photographed so well.
John Prior: There are a large number of them there, some lost, you get an idea of the size of the place from Saturday's post.
They could look a bit more cheerful about being rescued John
John Prior: Some people are never satisfied Bill but the reaper gets them all.
I wonder if all these characters were painted from real people the artist new at the time.
John Prior: No doubt Brian, must have produced sketches to work from.

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