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Art Loot: An Unresolved Legacy

Art Loot: An Unresolved Legacy

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 7:00 pm

In commemoration of this year's Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Spertus welcomed correspondent David D’Arcy, who has been investigating and writing about cultural property and art theft for more than 20 years.

Mr. D’Arcy explained the challenge of investigating the thousands of artworks stolen by the Nazis, and the even greater challenge of returning those works to their Jewish owners. He discussed recently discovered stockpiles of stolen art found in Munich and elsewhere, place these new finds in the context of ongoing efforts, and examine the role of U.S. museums and the Jewish community.

David D'ArcyDavid D’Arcy is a correspondent for London-based The Art Newspaper, a contributing editor at Art & Auction, and a regular critic for “Front Row" on BBC Radio.

He is co-writer and co-producer of Portrait of Wally, a documentary about the 13-year battle to recover a painting looted by the Nazis in Vienna in 1939 that then turned up in 1997 on loan to the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


Legacy of the Monuments Men

In this article for Sotheby's Magazine, presenter David D'Arcy provides the back story for the movie The Monuments Men.

The Monuments Men

"Amidst the rubble of cities bombed into ruins, men in uniform carry paintings and tapestries that survived the last savage months of World War II...Today these scenes are the stuff of cinema [in] The Monuments Men, the epic screen commemoration of the work of Allied art historians and professors..." MORE>

Image captions

Main image: Egon Schiele’s Portrait of Wally, the painting that brought the story of Nazi art loot into the open.

Sidebar image: The Monuments Men,
© 2013 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. and Twentiety Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.


This program was part of the Solomon Goldman Lecture Series, generously endowed by Rose and the late Sidney Shure. It was made possible, in part, with support from the Bernard and Rochelle Zell Center for Holocaust Studies at Spertus Institute.