(ANSA) - Rome, May 22 - Museum presidents, parliament members and a former culture minister hailed the culture ministry's groundbreaking new 'Art Bonus' donation incentive unveiled Thursday.
Museum of the Art of the 21st Century (MAXXI) President Giovanna Melandri lauded Culture Minister Dario Franceschi and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi with "bravo" for pushing forward with the Art Bonus tax credit, calling it "very good" for Italian culture.
"This is great news. I am sure that it will be in the interest of everyone to breath new life and push forward new models for collaboration and revival of Italian culture", said Melandri.
Along with a renewed interest in Italy's millennia-spanning patrimony, the initiative will bring much-needed financial support in the on going efforts for preservation of artistic and architectural heritage. "It marks an important step in the right direction for the protection and promotion of our cultural heritage", said Senate culture commission president Andrea Marcucci.
Many of the statements included congratulatory words to the Renzi government as well for its helps in pushing forward the incentive from an idea to an actuality. Former culture minister and head of Alleanza per l'Italia centrist party Francesco Rutelli said the new government for "continuing in its commitment to bring back culture as one of the priorities of the country".
Culture undersecretary and member of Renzi's Democratic Party (PD) Francesca Barracciu added "the government is showing its believe in cultural heritage and tourism as strategic assets for the growth of our country". "Not only is beauty part of our genetic heritage and Italian identity but it is a crucial part of the challenge for our future", said Environmental Commission president and PD member Ermete Realacci.