November 11, 2015
Monuments Men Congressional Gold Medal at Kimbell Art Museum
The Monuments Men Congressional Gold Medal will be on exhibit from Veterans' Day, Nov. 11, until Nov. 15 at the Kimbell Art Museum.
The museum is displaying the medal alongside a piece from its own collection that was rescued by the Monuments Men: a bust of Isabella d’Este,1474–1539, attributed to sculptor Gian Cristoforo Romano. Robert Edsel found a picture of the bust as it was being retrieved from the Altaussee Salt Mine in Austria, a site that was one of many used by the Nazis for storage because of the stable temperature and lack of humidity.
"The important legacy of the Monuments Men is reflected on the walls of the great museums around the world," said Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell Art Museum. "We owe them a great debt, and I congratulate them on this esteemed honor.”
We are extremely grateful to Congresswoman Kay Granger, the Smithsonian Institute, the Kimbell Art Museum and the Kimbell Art Foundation for making this possible.