Saturday, February 8, 2014

Real "Monuments Men" Records on Display-- Part 2

The movie "The Monuments Men" opened yesterday starring George "Ain't Michigan Winter Wonderful" Clooney, Matt Damon, Kate Blanchett, Bill Murray and John Goodman, tells their story and introduces most people, including myself, to the exploits of this group. //// On of the real "Monuments Men" was George Leslie Stout, an art conservator at the Fogg Museum in Boston, who drafted the plan for a special military team to protect Europe's art from Allied bombings. He even enlisted in the Navy to ensure his plan being carried through. //// The Monuments men were right in the middle of the fighting and mapped important sites to save and later worked returning stolen artwork to their rightful owners. //// Some of te images that can be seen at the Smithsonian Art Museum show a garden sculpture at the Palace of Versailles draped in camouflage netting protection, the Neuschwanstein Castle in germany where the Nazis amassed stolen art and the rescue of Michaelangelo's 1504 sculpture "Madonna and Child" which was stolen from a church in Bruges, Belgium. ///// -- GreGen

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