The spoils of war: World War II and its aftermath : the loss, reappearance, and recovery of cultural property

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H.N. Abrams in association with the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, 1997 - Art - 336 pages
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Based on the acclaimed international symposium held in 1995, The Spoils of War explores the ongoing debate over the vast amounts of cultural property displaced as a result of World War II. Not only paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts but also archaeological artifacts, rare books and manuscripts, musical instruments and scores, religious objects, and memorabilia of every description were lost or stolen.

Now, more than 50 years later, long-missing objects continue to appear on the art market and in private, museum, and state collections. Questions of ownership remain unresolved and are battled out in court, legislated, or negotiated in treaties.

At the three-day symposium, organized by The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, new York, a group of distinguished specialists -- government representatives, curators, archaeologists, historians and journalist, former military officials, and experts in art law -- took part in spirited, candid, and often moving discussions, which are fully documented only in this book. Accompanying the essays are remarkable illustrations, including wartime archival photographs that confirm acts of appropriation and destruction, as well as reproductions of works of art still missing. In addition, 17 key legal texts relating to the protection and return of cultural property make The Spoils of War the essential resource on the subject.

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