The Getty Center
Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Past Event

Nazi-looted art and masterpieces brought back as the spoils of war frequently make headlines; they were even featured in popular culture–from Indiana Jones and his quest for the Lost Ark to episodes of The Simpsons. But how does an art museum actually research its collection for lost, stolen, or smuggled masterpieces? Victoria Reed, Monica S. Sadler Assistant Curator for Provenance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, discusses her experiences as an "art detective": tracing the provenance, or ownership history, of the MFA's collection and looking for potential seizures, thefts, and losses during the Nazi era (1933-45) and beyond. This is a behind-the-scenes look at provenance research and a consideration of art-museum policy and practice today.

This lecture complements the exhibition Untold Stories: Collecting and Transforming Medieval Manuscripts

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