Emilio de Pilati. Trentino, Galicia, the Dolomites


Emilio de Pilati
Trentino, Galicia, the Dolomites
Pictures of a Youth

12 July – 22 October 2017
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Emilio de Pilati (Mezzocorona, March 13, 1890) attended the Scuola Reale Elisabettina in Rovereto from 1902 to 1910. From 1911 to July 1914, he studied at the Technical Polytechnic of Munich in Bavaria. During these years, he completed his military service in Hall, Salzburg and Trento.

At the outbreak of the First World War, he left for Galicia as an army reserve surgeon, from where he returned after a being wounded at Przemysl on October 21, 1914. Decorated with a Silver Medal and promoted to second lieutenant, he was transferred to the Italian front in August 1915. In October he was in Valparola and, from January 1916, in Val Travenanzes. He was captured there between 8 and 9 July, 1916 and held in various prisons in Sicily (in Noto and Catania) and in Umbria (Orvieto).
In January 1917, he was released as a Trentino irredentist and moved to Milan, where he attended a course for surveyors. In 1918, he worked in Massa, Arezzo, Rome and Abruzzo. He returned to Trentino in 1919.
Passionate about the mountains and a curious traveller, he was very active in the post-war years in clubs and societies, especially within the Società degli alpinisti tridentini.
He died in Trento on May 6, 1972.

A lover of photography, he took and kept thousands of photographs that document his whole life and shed light on many aspects of Trentino during the twentieth century.
Thanks to a decision made by his heirs, the War Museum now conserves his vast photographic collection, in addition to correspondence, diaries and memoirs related to the First World War.
The Fondazione Caritro and the Provincia autonoma di Trento have permission to reorganise the archive and digitise the photographic collection, which can now be consulted online.