Monuments Men:

From the Front Lines




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
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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 [...]



June 18th, 2014 | 5:22 pm

This is one of the most famous photos of the Monuments Men, and it just so happens to also be the cover photo of The Monuments Men. It was taken in May 1945, and shows Monuments Man Lt. James Rorimer with three soldiers of the Seventh Army carrying three paintings down the steps of the Castle [...]



June 6th, 2014 | 11:08 am

While tens of thousands of Allied troops were flooding the beaches of Normandy on D-Day (June 6, 1944), the Monuments Men were impatiently waiting to cross the English Channel for their chance to contribute. For Monuments Man James Rorimer, and future director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the gravity of the situation gripped him [...]



January 15th, 2014 | 7:13 am
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On February 15, 1944, after weeks of demoralizing battle, 229 waves of Allied bombers dropped 493.5 tons of  high explosives and incendiaries on the historic Abbey of Monte Cassino, completely devastating the building. The decision to bomb was made based on the belief that German troops occupied the Abbey. This was the first major test [...]



January 14th, 2014 | 9:00 am

1.) We found the Raphael! On a mint coin that it is. The new series from the Mint of Poland called “Missing Works of Art” deals with famous paintings and other art works that went missing during World War II. (Coinweek.com) 2.) British Library returns painted Renaissance book panel (The Art Newspaper) 3.) This exhibition currently at [...]



January 14th, 2014 | 8:17 am

1.) Sold! Will that be cash, check or bitcoin? San Francisco-based artist Tom Loughlin plans to use his own artwork to bid on bitcoins in anticipated  government auction. (ArtNews) 2.) Just everyday people serving as active guardians and curators of Egypt’s tangible cultural heritage (MyEygpt) 3.) No small potatoes: Claude Monet water lilies piece sells at auction for £32m! [...]



January 13th, 2014 | 7:00 pm

Here are few topics that prompted discussion in the office this past week: 1.) Infrared imagery shows Picasso’s The Blue Room hides a secret painting (The Guardian) 2.) The ruins of the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh are on the long list of things being affected by the terror group ISIS (Liberty Voice) 3.) Happy Birthday Mona Lisa! You [...]