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1931 (Philanthropic Donation)- She donates Correggio's <i>Il Giorno</i> to Father Joseph Cassidy of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Rome, GA. Eugenia continues to furnish the Castle at Nemi as well as her estate in Connecticut and her apartment in New York City.
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Date: 1931-01-01
1937-1939 (Eugenia Flees Before the War) - Before the outbreak of World War Two, Eugenia begins to periodically ship artworks from her collection back to the United States before she eventually returned to the U.S., avoiding the turmoil of the War. Many of these artworks ended up in New York City while others found there way to Rome, Georgia where Eugenia's family resided. A portion of her once vast collection can still be seen at Berry College's Martha Berry Museum at Oak Hill (named after Eugenia's sister). There is a curious account of a young Nazi soldier personally taking the Cortona as well as other paintings from the castle to Rome (after supposedly realizing that they were being vandalized) and anonymously depositing them at Villa Borghese where they were then taken to the Roman villa of the Ruspoli before being shipped to the United States. Further research is needed to confirm this tale.
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Date: 1937-01-01
1942 (Nazi Occupation of Nemi) - The Castle of Nemi is "requisitioned" by the Italian government and "turned over" to the German Luftwaffe.
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Date: 1942-01-01
1942 (Nazi Occupation of Nemi) - The Castle of Nemi is "requisitioned" by the Italian government and "turned over" to the German Luftwaffe.
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Date: 1942-01-01
1944 (Damage to Nemi Castle) - On May 31, 1944, Allied forces bombed the town of Nemi, driving out the Nazi forces. Unfortunately the foundation of the Castle suffered extensive damages as well as the nearby Museo delle Navi Romane.
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Date: 1944-01-01
1944 (Eugenia's Niece Weds Russian Prince)- On December 16th, Eugenia's niece Maria Theresa marries Russian Prince Alexis Alexander Droutzkoy at St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC and becomes Princess Alexis Droutzkoy.
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Date: 1944-01-01
1945-1957 (War Refugees Occupy Castle) - People displaced by the war move into the Castle.
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Date: 1945-01-01
1963 (Dedication of University Library) Villanova University Library is rededicated in honor of the late Rev. Daniel P. Falvey, O.S.A. (who passes in 1962) who had devoted nearly half his life to the library. Rev. Falvey founded the "Friends of Villanova Library" committee to raise funds for the building; Eugenia Ruspoli and the Droutzkoy family were active members.
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Date: 1963-01-01
2001 (Death of Eugenia's Grandson) - Eugenia's grandson, Alexis Droutzkoy Jr. (born 1956 in NY) dies on January 15th. Triumph of David briefly examined and deemed a possible insurance loss.
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Date: 2001-01-01
2013 (Death of Eugenia's Niece) - Eugenia's adopted niece Maria Theresa Alexis Droutzkoy dies at the age of 71.
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Date: 2004-01-01
September 2013 (Start of Conservation/Examination)- Conservation treatment begins on the Triumph of David performed by professional conservators from the University of Delaware
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Date: 2013-01-01
Completed filling and toning losses throughout the entire composition. Prepared silicone molds and wax-resin paste to impart texture in large areas of loss.
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Date: 2014-11-01
Completed filling and toning losses throughout the entire composition. Prepared silicone molds and wax-resin paste to impart texture in large areas of loss.
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Date: 2014-11-03
A clear silicone casting material was prepared before applying the silicone to the surface of the painting.
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Date: 2014-11-07
The silicone is applied in a thin layer over designated areas of the painting using a rubber roller and mylar. After a 24 hour period the silicone cures and can be carefully peeled away from the surface, providing a perfect reverse of craquelure patterns and brush strokes.
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Date: 2014-11-07
Continued using silicone molds and wax-resin paste to impart texture in large areas of loss.
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Date: 2014-12-01
Continued using silicone molds and wax-resin paste to impart texture in large areas of loss.
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Date: 2014-12-01