ROME, Ga. -- A new exhibition at Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum will honor Sir Winston Churchill and his passion for art.
The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting opens Friday, Feb. 13 at the Rome museum. It will feature six of Churchill's paintings, as well as more than 100 hundred artifacts that highlight his ties to Georgia.
Churchill began painting in 1915, when he was 40 years old. According to his writings, art helped pull him out of a dark time in his life and allowed him to become one of the greatest prime ministers in U.K. history.
"If it weren't for painting I could not live. I couldn't bear the strain of things," Churchill wrote.
Art historian Ernest Gombrich took it a step further, saying Churchill's "painting may have helped to save Western civilization."