Rare Terracotta Portrait Bust, Owned by the Kimbell Art Museum, Discovered to have been in Nazi Salt Mine During WWII

07 Jul 2011 7:29 AM | Anonymous

Rare Terracotta Portrait Bust, Owned by the Kimbell Art Museum, Discovered to have been in Nazi Salt Mine During WWII
Posted Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Austria: 1945. Nazi War Loot in Altaussee. US army with looted art treasure in Austrian Salt mine. ©Topham / The Image Works
The Kimbell Art Museum announces the discovery of a photograph confirming that a Renaissance portrait bust in its collection was in the Alt Aussee Salt Mine in Austria, one of many repositories for artwork stolen by the Nazis during World War II.  Acquired by the Kimbell in 2004, the bust is traditionally identified as a portrait of Isabella d’Este (1474–1539), one of the most celebrated women in Renaissance Italy. It is attributed to the sculptor Gian Cristoforo Romano.

The photograph was discovered and revealed to the Museum by Robert Edsel, founder and president of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, recipient of the National Humanities Medal, and author of the 2009 book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.  The “Monuments Men” were a group of 345 men and women from thirteen nations who comprised the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section of the Allied armies during World War II. Many were museum directors, curators, art historians, and educators. Together they worked to protect monuments and other cultural treasures from the destruction and theft of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.

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