Can Venice be saved?
Anna Somers Cocks to discuss the biggest threats to the city at World Monument Fund lecture in New York
By The Art Newspaper. Web only
Published online: 01 February 2013
Anna Somers Cocks, the chief executive of The Art Newspaper and chairman of the Venice in Peril Fund from 1999 to 2012, is giving the World Monument Fund’s Paul Mellon Lecture at 7pm in the Morgan Library, New York, on 12 February. Her topic is “Can Venice be saved?” and she will be talking about the implications of sea level rise, the vast cruise ships that sail through the city ever more frequently, the growing crowds of visitors and the absence of any coherent plan to tackle these issues.
Every year, the World Monuments Fund (WMF) holds a Paul Mellon Lecture thanks to the generosity of his Estate. This event features prominent art historians and heritage professionals describing treasured sites that have been the focus of the WMF’s activities in the field or strategic issues such as this year’s topic. Recent lectures have included Charles Dempsey on the Carracci ceiling in the Farnese Palace in Rome, Kent Weeks on the great discoveries in recent decades in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt and the tremendous conservation challenges to protect these sites as pressure to accommodate more tourists mounts, and Jonathan Foyle on the history and conservation of Stowe House in the UK.
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