Category Archives: Just for Fun

ART CRIME: New Paintings stolen by the Nazi’s found in Milan

Three paintings  found in a private home in Milan are linked to art crime perpetuated by the Nazi’s during WWII.  The paintings in question include TRINITY by Alessio Baldovinetti and CIRCUMCISION OF JESUS AT TEMPLE by Girolamo dia Libri .

The pieces were originally part of a collection of the House of Bourbon-Parma where Prince Felix of Luxembourg resided. 40 pieces from this collection are still missing.

The pieces are sought to be returned to Luxembourg from Milan’s Pinacotela di Brera  Art Museum as t he paintings are now the property of Luxembourg – the source country.

The pieces are part of a huge illegal art crime trade – still ongoing today from WWII. An investigation has been launched by the Italian Art Crime unit to determine how these paintings were acquired.

Italian Carabinieri paramilitary police officers stand next to a painting "Trinity", attributed to early Renaissance painter Alessio Baldovinetti, left, and "Circumcision of Jesus at Temple", attributed to early Renaissance painter Girolamo dai Libri, during a press conference on recovered paintings seized by the Nazis in 1944 in Camaiore near Lucca, Italy, at the Brera Art Gallery, in Milan, Italy, Monday, April 18, 2016. The paintings were seized from the Italian villa of Prince Felix Bourbon-Parma, then Prince of Luxembourg, and kept by the Supreme Comander of all SS forces Italy Karl Wolff at his residency of the Castle Dornsberg, near Merano, South Tyrol before being sent to Germany. The paintings were found on Dec. 3, 2014 in Milan. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Italian Carabinieri paramilitary police officers stand next to a painting “Trinity”, attributed to early Renaissance painter Alessio Baldovinetti, left, and “Circumcision of Jesus at Temple”, attributed to early Renaissance painter Girolamo dai Libri, during a press conference on recovered paintings seized by the Nazis in 1944 in Camaiore near Lucca, Italy, at the Brera Art Gallery, in Milan, Italy, Monday, April 18, 2016. The paintings were seized from the Italian villa of Prince Felix Bourbon-Parma, then Prince of Luxembourg, and kept by the Supreme Comander of all SS forces Italy Karl Wolff at his residency of the Castle Dornsberg, near Merano, South Tyrol before being sent to Germany. The paintings were found on Dec. 3, 2014 in Milan. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

For the Love of History: OUTLANDER – Starz Channel

Are you watching OUTLANDER on STARZ? You should be if you love history, costume design, and the Scottish highland culture. It is rich with Scottish history, beautiful Scotland scenery
and drama – of course.

Based on a best – selling series of novels by Diana Gabaldon, the tv series follows the time jumping Claire Randall as she mysteriously is transported from 1943 to the 1743 Scottish highlands.   Claire is dropped in the highlands where the Scottish and English are deep in battle.  How does she survive? Find out by watching OUTLANDER on Starz Network or Amazon.  Season 2 has begun!

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Woman in Gold (2015)

The film Woman in Gold (2015) starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Bruhl tells the story of Maria Altmann (Mirren) a Jewish refugee who seeks to recover her family’s possessions that were taken during the WWII by the Nazi’s.  The main artifact in question is a famous Klimt painting – Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, Altmann’s Aunt, which now resides in a museum in Austria.

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Gustav Klimt: Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer I (1907)

This is a wonderful film for anyone who is interested in restitution and the wide-spread dissemination of artwork seized by the Nazi’s during the War and where they reside today.

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