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.
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.
The art world is buzzing about the 400 year-old painting by Caravaggio found in the attic of French homeowners in Toulouse when fixing a leaky roof. Named “Judith Beheading Holofernes,” the painting bears a striking resemblance to other Caravaggio paintings such as “The Beheading of St. John the Baptist” and “David with the Head of Goliath.”
The painting is said to have been painted between 1598 and 1599 and has been being studied for the last two years to confirm its authenticity. France has officially put an export ban on the painting and has listed the painting at a value of $136 million.
I am an ardent explorer of all things to do with museum acquisitions, repatriation, art crime, looting and the future of museum acquisition models in the United States.
I hope to share with everyone my research into the museum world and welcome you to investigate with me all the interesting stories the world of art has to offer.
I am graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with an MA in Arts Administration and have worked for this amazing university – SCAD – for over 16 years. My love for museum acquisition research began with my first class and the tale of Gaicomo Medici. Currently, I am working on my MFA in Writing.