Bruna Tamaro

Bruna Tamaro was born in Grumello del Monte, Italy, on March 31, 1894. Her studies were undertaken in Bologna and Genoa where in 1915 she was awarded her degree in Classical Philology. She continued her studies in Rome and Athens in archaeology. From 1921 until 1936 she was the archaeological inspector for Venice where she met and in 1929 married Ferdinando Forlati, the Superintendent of Monuments for the Trieste region. They had a son. In 1936, Forlati was assigned to be the Superintendent of Antiquities for the Venice region. Bruna Tamaro became the Director of the Venice Archaeological Museum and from 1952 until 1961 she became Superintendent of Monuments for Padua, during which time she pursued her studies. In 1961 she participated in the Caesarea excavations in Israel. By this time she was an accomplished administrator and scientific investigator. From 1960 until 1963 Tamaro was elected to the Italian Government's High Council of Antiquities devoted to the resolution of problems involved with Italian cultural patrimony. And from 1965 to 1967 she was appointed to the most important commission for historic patrimony and worked on the questions of museums. She published in three volumes the ideas that formed the basis for the preservation of the Italian national heritage. From 1974-1961 she published several volumes on various inscriptions and archaeological maps of various sites. She was elected to memberships in the German Archaeological Institute, the Institute of Etruscan Studies, the Italian Institute of Prehistory and Protohistory, among many others and she held senior positions in many of these organizations until she was 90. She was also committed to the highest standards of museum curatorship and various restoration projects including those in Verona, Venice, Istria, and Trieste, among others. Awarded many honorific medals for her work, Bruna Tamaro died on the 13th of February 1987.

Author of biography: Luisa Bertacchi
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