Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts Receives Art Seized by Nazis

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is receiving a major gift of 186 works seized by Nazi forces in 1938. It’s taken decades for the donor’s family to recover the famed collection that includes fine jewelry, rare books and paintings. The objects have taken a fascinating journey between Vienna and Boston.

Some were taken by the Nazis in 1938/39, and then recovered by the real Monuments Men after the war, and eventually came back to the family - referring to the members of the Allied force’s Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives program, who were charged with finding, preserving and returning culturally important works confiscated by Hitler’s forces. [more...]