“The damaged paintings, sculpture and buildings that are familiar to us are but the visible tip of the iceberg. There is so much more in danger: pages of Renaissance music that have never been played, manuscripts that have never been copied, archaeological findings that have never been evaluated. Much that we do not yet know about ourselves is there in the mud. It will take years of restoration and of scholarship to retrieve it from oblivion.
Then there are the things we know and love. How tragic it would be if so many precious works of hand and spirit which man has cherished for centuries are to be lost because we do not care enough.”
Jacqueline Kennedy, Honorary President of CRIA,undated appeal letter (CRIA PITTI 07.09.00630)