Preserving a historical site
In 2009, the donations were used for the Bibliotheca Hertziana, the Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome.
Here, the necessary expansion of the historically significant building presented the Max Planck Society with a major financial undertaking. In the excavation work for the construction of the new library, workers discovered the remains of the ancient “Garden of Lucullus”. Efforts to preserve this historical site significantly delayed construction time and resulted in considerably increased construction costs. More than half of the Supporting Members took this issue to heart and were extremely generous with their support.