AVIC (Art Volunteer in the Classroom) formerly known as Picture Lady. Also known as Meet the Masters, Picture People, Art Outreach, Gallery Greats, Art Masterpiece Program, Art To Go, Art Smart, Art To Grow On, Class Act Art, Art Enrichment in the Classroom, etc.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Nazi Looted Paintings Discovered at Southern Methodist University

The story and concept of all the artwork and treasures that were stolen by the Nazis during WWII continue to astound me, and once again is in the news. And, sadly, the search for the looted art continues, and will continue for a very long time.
Just this past week: "Based on new evidence about the systematic looting of art from Jewish owners in the course of hostilities in Europe during World War II, a pair of famous paintings on display at SMU's Meadows Museum created by Spanish master Bartolome Esteban Murillo (1618-1682) of Seville's Patron Saints Justa and Rufina, estimated to be worth more than $10 million, are believed to have been stolen from the Rothschild family in Paris in 1941."

Robert M. Edsel, Founder and President of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to completing the mission of the Monuments Men, started to question the ownership of the two paintings in 2006.

Robert M. Edsel is the author of a newly released book, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.   Really looking forward to reading this book!

Here's the entire news story:
Artdaily.org - The First Art Newspaper on the Net

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