Monuments Men:

From the Front Lines

August 25th, 2015 | 11:20 am

(As posted on on Aug 21, 2015) Khaled al-Asaad, 83-year-old retired Syrian archaeologist known admiringly as “Mr. Palmyra” for his extraordinary knowledge of that revered 2,000 year-old Roman era city, has been killed. Jihadists of the Islamic State publicly beheaded al-Asaad, and then hung his body by his wrists from a traffic light positioning […]

August 15th, 2015 | 5:45 am

Today, I’d like to wish a happy 94th birthday to Monuments Man Rouben Sami! I was privileged to meet with Rouben and his wife Lee at their home in Florida just this past year, the 21st? Monuments Man I’ve met and interviewed during my many years of research. His recollections about the work he did […]

June 18th, 2015 | 12:05 pm

Monuments Man Lennox Tierney has died, age 101. Only five Monuments officers are still living.  Of the twenty Monuments Men and women I have interviewed, only Tierney and Sherman Lee had served in the Pacific Theater, primarily in Japan. Fluent in Japanese, and a greater scholar of Asian art, Tierney was assigned to General MacArthur’s […]

June 6th, 2015 | 10:57 am
Bruges Madonna

Eight years ago, on the 63rd anniversary of the D-Day landings, I announced the formation of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art.  Four Monuments Men participated in that ceremony.  Today only one of those four is still with us bringing the number of living Monuments Men and women to just six.  We […]

January 14th, 2015 | 10:16 am

Good morning! Buongiorno! Guten Morgen! Bonjour! I am proud to share with you that our Monuments Men Foundation website is finally available in four languages: English, Italian, German and French.   I hope that this will allow more people around the world to understand the heroic work of the Monuments Men during and after World […]

November 13th, 2014 | 2:18 pm

Dear Friends, Help me support the restoration of the Canonica di Belforte in Italy! We have only until the end of November to show our support. The Canonica di Belforte is in urgent need of restoration. If you’ve read my last book Saving Italy then you will remember the “Flying Priest” Don Guido Anelli. The […]

October 7th, 2014 | 2:40 pm

We are all saddened to learn that Monuments Man Horace Apgar has died.  Our long held hope was to see him standing aside the other Monuments officers at Congress in 2015 to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.  We have done everything in our power to not only obtain this richly earned recognition for the […]

July 25th, 2014 | 11:56 am

On this week’s Field Report: 1.) It’s the case of the “Parrot Lady“. India is currently trying to figure out how this voluptuous statue ended up continents away (The Economist) 2.) A 54-foot-tall duck sculpture has vanished following flooding in China’s Guiyang city (Blouin) 3.) South Korea and the U.S. agree on cooperation in return of […]

July 21st, 2014 | 8:00 am

Rose Valland is one of the greatest and yet unknown heroines of World War II. After risking her life spying on the Nazis, day after day for four long years, Rose lived to fulfill her destiny: locating and returning tens of thousands of works of art stolen by the Nazis during their occupation of France. […]

July 18th, 2014 | 9:55 am

From celebrating centuries of history to some truly thought-provoking articles, here are a few links that caught our attention this past week: 1.) The Louvre’s Winged Victory of Samothrace is back! Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, is looking better than ever (Wall Street Journal) 2.) A policy of organized forgetting? The Roman architecture of Mussolini is still […]