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A13 Monuments Men: Artworks as Prisoners of War

Description: What happens to artworks during wartime? The recent film Monuments Men presents the story of the Allies' attempts to save art masterpieces during World War II. This class begins with a virtual tour of European public and private collections in 1930, and goes on to explore Hitler's campaign against "degenerate art" in Germany and his plans for a mega-museum in Austria. We will look at the systematic seizure of art by the Nazis in Austria, Poland, France, The Netherlands and Italy, including the looting of private Jewish collections. The class reviews the real history of the Monuments Men's dedicated work in Belgium, Germany and Italy. We also discuss the recent searches for lost masterpieces and problems of legal ownership and restitution.

Suggested Reading: A syllabus with recommended books and websites for each week will be sent out before the first class.

Instructor: LLI member Dr. Kay Arthur has taught at JMU for more than thirty years, serving as head of Art History, founder of the Semester in Florence and head of International Programs. She is currently associate curator at the Madison Art Collection. She teaches and researches European Gothic architecture, Italian Renaissance art, and Gothic Revival architecture in the Shenandoah Valley.


Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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