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The Field Report: Week of July 18, 2014

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 visible today (The Boston Globe)

3.) Sold, to the computer in the back! Sotheby’s teams with eBay for auctioning like we’ve never seen it before (New York Times)

4.) In the art storage business, discretion means saying little and knowing less (The Observer)

5.) The world is still remembering Michelangelo 450 years after his death. See Italy’s celebration here (

6.) They’ve been around for 200 years, but who are the Carabinieri? (Monuments Man Deane Keller pictured in the above photo with a General of the Carabinieri) (BBC)

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The Field Report: Week of July 4, 2014

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. (

2.) British Library returns painted Renaissance book panel (The Art Newspaper)

3.) This exhibition currently at the UNESCO office in The Hague shows the intense impact of armed conflict on societies and their cultural heritage (UNESCO)

4.) Roll out!  Trajan’s Column as you’ve never seen it before (Italy Magazine)

5.) The Legal Evolution and the Private Market: How countries are successfully using the law to get looted cultural treasures back (ABA Journal)

6.) Candid, raw and moving: What it means to be an American to these people. (The New York Times)

*…and in case you missed it:

The real Monuments Man: Amazing story of the Jewish teenager who fled Nazi Germany but returned six years later as one of the art-hunters made famous by George Clooney film (Daily Mail)

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The Field Report: Week of June 27, 2014

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! (The Guardian)

4.) “I’m looking for a girl with a pearl earring…” The Mauritshuis, the true home of the Vermeer masterpiece, reopens this Friday after $22m renovation. (The Art Newspaper)

5.) Uncovering 3D effects and cobwebs, the conservation treatment surrounding the Ghent Altarpiece is intricate to say the least! (Art Daily)

6.) It turns out your brain might actually be wired to enjoy art. (Huffington Post)

*…and in case you missed it!

To Harry Ettlinger, there is an important lesson to be learned from the work of The Monuments Men: “We have to respect each others’ cultures.”

The Foundation joined in the fun of Museum Cake Day by sharing this drawing by Monuments Man Deane Keller for his son Dino’s birthday. Check out the #MusCake hashtag on Twitter to see how different museums celebrated.

And we have to share this Instagram photo that put a smile on our face!


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The Field Report: Week of June 20, 2014

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 don’t look a day over 500. (The Huffington Post)

4.) An 89-year-old retiree and former Nazi guard has been arrested for what he says was an ‘involuntary’ post at Auschwitz (New York Times)

5.) Eccentric heiress Huguette Clark’s untouched treasures head for the auction block (NPR)

6.) The Baptistery of San Giovanni may show up on this week’s “Best Dressed List” thanks to world-renowned designer Emilio Pucci (Luxury Daily)

*…and a few things you may have missed:

7.) Take a look at the paintings behind one of the most iconic Monuments Men photographs, which can also be seen on the cover of Robert M. Edsel’s The Monuments Men.

8.) This great photo of the Monuments Men in action! LIFE’s William Vandivert in the spring 1945, shows American soldiers loading recovered paintings and sculptures — reportedly stolen by Hermann Goering himself — into the back of a truck, in hopes that they might be returned to their rightful owners. (TIME)

9.) The Italian Club of Dallas, Texas will host a presentation on the Monuments Men next Monday, June 23, 2014. Special guests include the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art‘s Director of Development Ashley Bennett Jones and Senior Researcher Elizabeth Hudson. Event details can be seen here and tickets may be purchased here.

View last week’s Field Report here!


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THE FIELD REPORT: Week of June 6, 2014

January 12th, 2014 | 12:36 pm

Here are a few of our favorite articles from this past week:

1.) Some of the most famous pictures from D-Day were almost destroyed before they ever left the dark room (

2.) You might want to consider this the next time your boss tells you he made you a homemade gift (The Guardian).

3.) These shots from outer space will give you a whole new view of art looting (National Geographic).

4.) Headed Home! A return 75 years in the making demonstrates a “strong moral compass” for those involved with restitution (The Sydney Morning Herald)

5.) The more things change; the more they stay the same. The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Rome is remembered in these 10 incredible before and after shots (Corriere della Sera Roma).

6.) The art Hitler hated brings in the masses (The Washington Post).

*And a few things you may have missed!

7.) Real-life Monuments Man slated to get The Congressional Gold Medal (The Jersey Journal)

8.) Speaker of the House John Boehner puts pen to paper signing The Monuments Men Recognition Act (Official Flickr for the Speaker of the House)

9.) Its Missone Italia for Robert Edsel as he makes his way through Italy promoting his book Saving Italy (Repubblica TV)

10.) Happy Birthday to The Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art. Today marks seven years since we were founded! Take a look back a some of our proudest moments!

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