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Potere E Spiritualità: La Mostra Degli Artisti Italiani In Armi Del 1942, Marla Stone Mar 2010

Potere E Spiritualità: La Mostra Degli Artisti Italiani In Armi Del 1942, Marla Stone

Marla Stone

This analysis of the First Exhibition of Italian Soldier Artists of 1942 reveals the Italian Fascist conception of the role of the fi ne arts in the mobilization for war. The exhibition, held fi rst in Rome and then displayed throughout Axis-occupied Europe, introduced the fi gure of the «soldier-artist». For the exhibition’s organizers, the paintings, drawings, and sculpture of this fi nal Fascist era art exhibition argued for Fascism’s unique ability to combine power and spirituality in its pursuit of global expansion. Representing shifts in Fascist cultural production brought on by the Second World War and highlighting ...