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Museum of Fine Arts Houston locked in legal battle over Bernardo Bellotto painting


A fight over a piece of 18th-century art has landed the Museum of Fine Arts Houston in federal court. MFAH wants to hold onto the paintings. The people trying to take it are the grandsons of a German businessman who they say sold the art to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's dealer under duress. ...

Playing cards offer $25,000 for information on the priceless lost art of World War II


Art history buffs, eagle-eyed collectors, antiquities experts and members of the public at large are being invited to join the global hunt for a treasure trove of artworks still missing since World War II, with cash rewards of up to $25,000 for useful information. The buy-in is a single deck of cards. ...

Monuments Men group bets on playing cards to find lost art

AP News

March 23, 2022 - A group dedicated to finishing the work of World War II’s Monuments Men is betting on a deck of playing cards — and reward money — to help find missing works of art taken by the Nazis.. ...

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Must End Its Head-in-the-Sand Approach to Justice When It Comes to Restitution


August 31, 2021 - The head of the Monuments Men Foundation on the pain-staking research into the real history behind a Bellotto painting at the MFAH. ...

Restitution Experts Blast Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts for Refusing to Return a Painting Once Purchased for Hitler’s Museum


August 18, 2021 - The Monuments Men Foundation is squaring off against the MFAH in the court of public opinion ...

What Constitutes Art Sales Under Duress? A Dispute Reignites the Question

The New York Times

August 17, 2021 - A fight over a landscape painting bought for Hitler is focused on the question of whether its sale was voluntary or forced by economic distress the Nazis helped create. ...

Motoko Fujishiro Huthwaite, 92, Last of the ‘Monuments Women,’ Dies

The New York Times

May 8, 2020 - An American who was sent to Japan after Pearl Harbor, she was one of 345 people from 14 countries who helped preserve cultural treasures. ...

Anna Bottinelli, un’italiana alla guida dei «Monuments Men»: i cacciatori delle opere trafugate dai nazisti

Corriere della Sera

November 28, 2019 - Fiorentina, 32 anni, un curriculum accademico di primo piano, andrà a dirigere la Fondazione, con sede a Dallas, resa celebre dal film di Clooney. «Entusiasta dell’incarico» ...

75 Years After World War II Theft, a Painting Returns to Italy

The New York Times

July 19, 2019 - Compared to showier works in Florence’s Pitti Palace — paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael, and Titian — the small “Vase of Flowers” by Jan van Huysum might barely earn a second glance ...

Monuments Men Foundation returns historic paintings won in poker game to Germany

The Telegraph

May 6, 2015 - Three historic paintings won by an American tank commander during Second World War returned to rightful owners in Germany ...

"Monuments Men" receive monumental honor from Congress

CBS News

October 22, 2015 - Congress gave its highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, to 345 unsung heroes of World War II on Thursday. ...

Returning the Spoils of World War II, Taken by Americans

The New York Times

May 5, 2015 - As the Allies stormed through Germany in 1945, museum officials in Dessau scurried to hide their art treasures in a nearby salt mine, where they would soon be discovered by American soldiers. ...

'Monuments Men' Bill Passes House and Senate

NBC News

February 6, 2014 - After 70 years in near obscurity, the men and women who worked to preserve cultural artifacts during World War II, nicknamed the “Monuments Men,” will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. ...

Not All Monuments Men Were Men

The New York Times

January 29, 2014 - In February 1952, as Europe rebuilt after World War II, Ardelia Ripley Hall arrived in Bonn, Germany, to play her part in a bold American military mission that had begun about a decade earlier. ...

G.I.'s family returns World War II antiquities to Italy

USA Today

May 29, 2013 - Antique books by Isaac Newton and other historical figures, lifted from an Italian church by a G.I. during World War II, were returned in a ceremony at the Italian Embassy ...

Treasure Hunters in Uniform: ‘Monuments Men’ Remembered

The New York Times

February 20, 2013 - We don’t tend to think of World War II as a setting for one of history’s biggest art thefts. Now some veterans of that war are being honored for recovering some of the most famous – and not so famous – art of the Western world: ...

Photo albums related to Nazi art theft unveiled by Monuments Men Foundation

Associated Press

February 27, 2012 - Two albums documenting works of art and furniture stolen by the Nazis during World War II were unveiled Tuesday after being discovered by a Dallas-based foundation ...

George Clooney to Direct, Star in ‘Monuments Men’ 

The Wrap

January 8, 2012 - George Clooney has started to work on his next project, writing, directing and starring in a big-budget movie about the men who chased down the stolen art of Europe during World War II...

Was Fort Worth museum's statue hiding sordid sales history?

McClatchy DC

July 3, 2011 - For a museum director, receiving a call from Robert Edsel is like getting a call from the Internal Revenue Service for the rest of us. It stimulates the gastric juices as the mind whirls, "OMG, what now?" ...

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Lost WWII Eisenhower speech found at Met

NBC News

April 11, 2011 - As commander of Allied forces in Europe during World War II, U.S. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower explicitly ordered his troops to safeguard objects of cultural and historical importance...

Art stolen by Hitler discovered at SMU museum


May 16, 2010 - The university is working with international art experts to confirm its belief that it is the legitimate owner of two portraits known to have once been part of a vast Nazi collection. ...

In His Bags, Spoils of a War and Stories of Heroism

The New York Times

January 25, 2010 - SEVERAL years ago, I started a foundation called Monuments Men. It’s dedicated to some unknown heroes who made a huge difference in World War II. ...

WWII Vet Displays Hitler's Photo Album

CBS News

December 9, 2009 - After fighting his way across Europe during World War II, John Pistone was among the U.S. soldiers who entered Adolf Hitler's home nestled in the Bavarian Alps as the war came to a close. ...