Beyond the Dreams of Avarice: The Hermann Goering Collection is the first biography to focus on Goering’s personal collection, providing the first opportunity since the war to look at the collection as a whole and evaluate its place within art collecting and politics.

The Most Comprehensive Picture of the Goering Collection to Date

A must for serious students, art historians, curators and other scholars, this carefully documented volume is critical to the clarification of provenances of the objects featured and brings to light pictures whose histories and whereabouts have been hidden for decades.

Based on seven years of exhaustive research by leading art historian and curator Nancy Yeide of the National Gallery of Art, this book draws on inventories, correspondence, memoranda, and post-war investigations by both the Allies and the German government to provide the most complete picture ever created of Goering’s art collection.

About the Author

The head of the Department of Curatorial Records at The National Gallery of Art since 1990, Nancy Yeide has been involved in World War Two-era provenance for the last decade. As an internationally recognized expert on the history of art collecting in the 19th and 20th centuries, she has taken a leading role in conducting provenance research on works in the Gallery’s collection and has spoken and written widely on the subject.

In 2001, she co-authored the American Association of Museum’s Guide to Provenance Research, helping to set and define national standards of provenance.

Yeide was awarded the prestigious Ailsa Mellon Bruce Sabbatical Curatorial Fellow for 2002-2003, during which time she researched the art collection of Reichsmarschall Hermann for her catalogue raisonné Beyond the Dreams of Avarice: The Hermann Goering Collection.

Yeide’s work has also appeared in such distinguished publications such as Apollo, Archives of American Art Journal and Museum News. She holds a Master of Arts from American University and serves on a number of professional advisory panels as well as frequently lecturing on a variety of topics and universities and museums around the world. Ms. Yeide and her husband Harry, a foreign affairs analyst and author of World War II military history, live in Maryland.