Renaissance scholar and professor of art at Smith College, Frederick Hartt spoke on “The War’s Toll on Italian Art.”  "Mr. Hartt revealed by his slides," said The Miscellany News, "the devastation done to priceless art treasures, palaces, medieval bridges, churches and theatres in principal cities such as Naples, Venice, Verona, Milan, Pisa, Genoa and Florence. With contrasting pictures he showed to what extent repairs had been made at great expense by both Italians and Americans. 'Even small towns in Italy are crowded with works of art, frescoes and altarpieces of importance and the large towns have immeasurable treasures. In the course of the Italian campaign dangers were of several varieties. Artillery, bombardment, fire, mine and dynamite were most cruel.'"

Hartt received the Bronze Star for his work in repatriating art looted by the Germans from Austrian monasteries and libraries, and he served on the board of directors of the American Committee for the Restoration of Italian Monuments.  His Florentine Art Under Fire appeared in 1949, and he spoke at Vassar in 1951 on "The Meaning of the Medici Chapel."