Dawn, May 24th 1915. Venice had its first awakening of war from the sky. The city heard the wail of the air raid sirens, then there was a long wait interrupted by the rattle of the defence guns, and the thump of the bombs dropping into the water of the lagoon. A century after the beginning of First World War, “Venice defends itself 1915 – 1918”, curated by Claudio Franzini and based in Palazzo Fortuny, tells us the unusual situation of the city at the time of the Great War with 350 original photos from the Archivio Storico Fotograﬁco of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia: an overview of the dramatic nature of the events, focusing both on historical perspective and collective memory.
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