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In the 1930s the fascist rhetoric led to a surge in interest in the Middles Ages on account of identity politics. A key player in this was the Minister for Education Cesare Maria De Vecchi who, between 1936 and 1942, initiated a huge project at Fénis Castle to highlight its Medieval character. These works included the plan to house the “Museo dell’Ammobiliamento Valdostano”(Museum of Furniture of the Aosta Valley) in its rooms; the furnishings for the exhibition were bought in 1936 from antiques markets in Saluzzo and Rome. The lack of expertise in the Medieval period of those carrying out the project resulted in the purchase of chests, tables, chairs, sculptures and furnishings which either had only tenuous connections with the Aosta Valley or, in some cases, were actually fakes.

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