Our artistic heritage is continually subjected to theft, vandalism and damage as a result of natural disasters, but also due to willful human actions. Yet thanks to the same willful determination, to people’s commitment to recreating and rebuilding, art that has been denied, demeaned or obliterated, can rise like a phoenix from the rubble to reveal itself once again.

This is the theme of the exhibition, which is divided into three illustrative sections. The first is dedicated to the recovery and protection activities carried out by the Carabinieri for the Protection of Cultural Heritage. It starts with two extraordinary archaeological finds, a Lucanian krater dated to the 5th-4th century BC and an Etruscan black-figure hydria from the 6th century, both the result of brilliant recovery operations carried out by the Operations Center.