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The Rape of Europa
Transcript of The Rape of Europa
Axis Force’s sought to destroy “degenerate art”-an initiative akin to the “Final Solution”
Art Destruction-ruin a culture symbolically;
“Final Solution”-ruin a culture literally/physically Nazis sought to annex art collections with which to stock 3rd Reich museums as well as private collections
Hitler seized Italian & French art that he saw as superior while he ravaged Slavic & Jewish works. The Resistance Effort-“A Victory of Beauty Over Horror”:
Before, during, and after the art seizure, art professionals and common people (truckers & sales clerks) work to protect, find, & return lost works United States’ “Monuments Men”: Army division designed to protect & retrieve works from Alt Aussee in Austrian mines as well as Florentine pieces being hidden in an Alpine Prison French Resistance Forces guarded the ‘Mona Lisa’ and ‘Winged Victory’ from Nazis. Most important work saved (?): Gustav Klimt’s Gold Portrait’-stolen from Viennese Jews in
1938 & is now the most expensive painting ever sold, COST=$135 MILLION! Great Stolen Works Titian. Self Portrait, c. 1560. Oil on canvas, 86 cm by 65 cm. Prado, Madrid. Titian (Tiziano Vecellio). Europe, 1560-62. Oil on canvas, 178 x 205 cm. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Massachusetts Winged Victory
The product of an unknown sculptor, the Victory is believed to date to approximately 190 BC. Protected by french resistance during war! Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I is a 1907 painting by Gustav Klimt. FIN!