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Museum of lost art

Museum of lost art


Noah Charney

ISBN 9780714875842

Nazi bonfires of ‘degenerate’ art in the 1930s, ISIS bulldozing the ancient city of Nimrud, John D Rockerfeller destroying Diego Rivera’s Man, Controller of the Universe. These are stories of artworks stolen, looted, or destroyed in war, accidentally demolished or discarded, lost at sea or in natural disasters, or attacked by iconoclasts or vandals; works that were intentionally temporal, knowingly destroyed by the artists themselves or their patrons, covered over with paint or plaster, or recycled for their materials. Each chapter opens with a story of an artwork that was lost but eventually found, inspiring readers to appreciate the fragility of what does survive.